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Points systems for wine?

Victoria Moore in the Daily Telegraph (16 Oct 2015) delves into the subject of wine scoring. The ubiquitous “Parker Points” purported to identify some of the best wines which scored 90+ on a 100 point scale, but often seemed more to reflect personal preferences in wine styles that necessarily a totally objective evaluation.

Can you trust numerical rating systems more than linguistic ones? Are they more useful or more honest? Is there any point to points?

Tastes in wine are necessarily individual and subjective in my view – and some wines of a certain style can be viewed as better than others. Clearly any wine which exhibits faults should not be highly rated, yet “real wine” fans would argue that unfiltered wines are more authentic than those which are fully filtered, so what is a fault in one drinker’s view may be a definite advantage to another.

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