Now, we tend to be fairly hard-minded when it comes to scoring wines so if we do score it in the 90's it's really something special in our minds. Typically, for us, a wine registers in the 80's most times but that is OUR take on things. We agree in principal with Whitney that the score from Wine Spectator or some other body is just a guide as is our scoring, but you need some yardstick to say that this wine is good, great, or awful to US (PS - very few wines are awful). If you taste 10 wines, which one did you like the best? Guess what, you just scored that wine anecdotally. It's human nature.
Back to Whitney's argument... She's right, the score doesn't matter and wine makers should never chase scores as it's a fool journey. It's great to get a score in today's wine world but here's the thing, if you make the best wine you can to match the terrior of your vineyard, good things will happen. Getting marketers (like Chris) involved in the wine making process just mucks it up. The wines should speak for themselves and THEN let the marketers get involved... :)
The scores and medals will come. Until then, we'll try to provide context to the wines we taste which will sometimes include a score.
Agree? Disagree? In the wine biz and have an opinion? We'd love a comment.
Keep on tasting,
Chris & Shannon