I use the 100-point scale rather conservatively and with a grain of salt. Let’s be serious here, anyone thinking that the 100-point scale is some perfect way to represent the qualities of a wine is simply off his or her rocker.
What the scale does have going for it, is its ease of use, for writers and readers alike. At times it is too easy, so easy it makes people lazy. That is when the problems start, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
The 100-point scale is a great tool for two reasons. First, it easily allows anyone to see what someone else thinks of several wines, serving as a comparative tool. Second, it allows one to gauge how his or her own palate jibes with a writer’s. That’s all you should be using it for because guess what, wine is subjective.
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