Reply to "WS Point System"

In addition to Vin Centric's good points (heh)...
The scale is supposed to reflect school grades, making it easy to understand. It's supposed to be kinda sorta objective, in that it's not grading on a curve. So, while we have seen real grade inflation, there has also been a marked improvement of general quality in the decades since this system was adopted. There's also a bunch of reasons publications don't usually print lower scores, and plenty of not so great wines never get submitted for review. That skews public perception about what the normal point range is. It's certainly understandable that if the only data point someone has for a wine they don't like is a pretty good score, he might turn around and give an unjustly high score to a wine he doesn't like on social media, despite the literal definitions of the point ranges. To put it bluntly, those of use who've been around wine forums and such a long time have seen people call a wine undrinkable and still rate it 89 pts.
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