My scoring system
Tim James, www.grape.co.za , South Africa: It is often unclear to me whether tasters who use and publish scores (including myself!) claim to judge by a universal standard, or make adjustments according to the category of wine they are tasting. Can a beaujolais ever score 19 or 20? Is the first-growth bordeaux scoring 17 a 'worse' wine than the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with 18? My impression generally is that professionals' scoring is often adjusted (usually only slightly) to the perceived status of what is tasted: that is, one might have higher expectations of a tasting of classed...
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