Scoring on the Educated Alcoholist

This post is a translation of the how-we-score-wines post of The Educated Alcoholist, the wine blog I rate number one by far for consumer wine reviews in Hungary.

(Disclaimer – I got involved in posting certain international reviews on The EdAlc since launching this blog, so please note that I am slightly speaking home now.)

Here is my translation on the scoring notes, I hope you can unlock a wealth of information from the site.

This list is to illustrate our scoring habits, and guide our readers through examples rather than definitions. It would be great if our palates would never let us down, but winetasting is constantly on the move, just as the taster himself. And The EdAlc has several autonomous tasters, with their own unique preferences and palates. As for the origin of the 10 point system, let us just state that it is obvious and self-explanatory, letting the other critics defend their own 100 or 20 point scorecharts.

There is just one twist to this ultimately simple system: we tend to like the wines and turn positive at a score of 4 points, or above.

(Let me elaborate a bit further on this: these guys have a system for scoring fine wine. This means that 2-3 points are reserved for the average wines from mass production, ca. 60-70 points & 70-80 points on the 100-points scale.  A score of 4 points is worth ca. 80 points. So four points is something the average self-conscious consumer would not refuse to drink again, and I would not object to include the top 70-ies in the 4-point range, too. If you are a wine-gourmet, you may want to look above 7 points, and find your “best buys” in the 6 points range (ca. 86-88 points).

The international 90 points barrier for excellence is hiding somewhere in the 7 points range. A weak 7 points translates to ca. 89 points, a strong 7 points to ca. 91 points with me, while a clear 8 points should definitely be internationally recognized quality.

And occasionally, different bloggers may have really different opinions, as it is not a journal, it is a blog. But let us get back to the original post.)

Our refreshed list only includes wines that we have reviewed in detail, and are mostly available nationwide in reasonable size. Still, there are a few micro-bottlings on the list. Please also note that this is not the best buy coloumn.
(Anyway, their Best buy coloumn is coming soon…)

0 points – a faulty wine, not scored

1 point – still down the drain

2 points – dad’s wine, just passing

3 points – a reasonable wine for the everyday dinner table
Tornai Somlói Furmint 2007 (1200 Ft)
Font Kunsági Ezerjó 2008 (1120 Ft)
Finca Los Olmos Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Argentina (990 Ft)

4 points – a noteworthy wine
Hilltop Prémium Chardonnay 2009 (1500 HUF)
miklóscsabi Moorer Ezerjó 2008 (2500 HUF)
Laposa Rizling Friss 2008 (1130 HUF)
Tokaj Kereskedőház Furmint 2009 (dry) (700 HUF)

5 points – a talent
1 1/2 Balaton-felvidéki Házi Fehér 2009 (1460 HUF – magnum)
Szeremley Muscat Ottonel 2009 (1600 HUF)
Bott Frigyes Rajnai Rizling 2008 (3995 HUF)
Borműhely Rokka Szekszárdi Kékfrankos 2008 (1500 HUF)

6 points – a nice wine
Szászi Szentgyörgyhegyi Olaszrizling 2008 (1490 HUF)
Bussay Esküvé 2008 (1850 HUF)
Patricius Tokaji Furmint 2008 (1630 HUF)
Szepsy Király Tokaji Hárslevelű 2007 (6190 HUF)
Orsolya Pinot Noir 2007 (3500 HUF)
Gróf Buttler Nagy-Eged Kadarka 2006 (5400 HUF)

7 points – a Hungarian star
Somlói Apátsági Pince Hárslevelű 2008 (2450 HUF)
Királyudvar Sec 2007 (4785 HUF)
Tokaj Nobilis Furmint, Csirke-mál dűlő 2008 (semi-dry) (1950 HUF)
Szepsy Tokaji Szamorodni 2006 (8250 HUF)
Ráspi Kékfrankos Válogatás 2007 (4160 HUF)
Heimann Birtokbor 2007 (3280 HUF)
Gróf Buttler Pinot noir 2006 (7050 HUF)

8 points – an international star
Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne 2006 (92 EUR)
F. X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Berg 2006 (43 EUR)
Gere Kopar 2006 (7950 HUF)
Ráspi Zweigelt Válogatás 2006 (12490 HUF)
Orsolya Pince Ostorosi Syrah 2007 (4650 HUF)
Moric Blaufränkisch Lutzmannsburg Alte Reben 2007 (50 EUR)

9 points – an idol
Hollóvár Somlai Furmint 2008 (3495 HUF)
Szepsy Szent Tamás Furmint 2003
Disznókő 6 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszú 1999 (14400 HUF)
Királyudvar Lapis Aszú 2002 (20000 HUF)
Szepsy Botond Cuvée 2006 (11400 HUF)
Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 (29700 HUF)
Chateau Montrose 2000 (cca. 150 EUR)

10 pont – does not exist, plus we do not deserve it
Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 (cca. 150 EUR)
Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er GCC Pauillac 2005 (cca. 830 EUR)

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2 Responses to Scoring on the Educated Alcoholist

  1. Attila Halasz says:

    “10 pont – does not exist, plus we do not deserve it
    Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 (cca. 150 EUR)
    Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1er GCC Pauillac 2005 (cca. 830 EUR)”

    In my humble view, 10 point wines do exist and we do deserve them. Drinking perfection does happen even if it is a rare occasion.

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