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April 2011
Insight & Opinion: Scores Related to Release Date, Quality
Several major wineries report 100-point scores that topped expectations. The secret is that the release date affects 100-point scores in all but the greatest vintages. In essence, 100-point scores are linked to taste quality and a range of other factors that make a big difference.
by Doug McKesson
Self-handicapping is described as an action or choice which prevents a person from being responsible for a failure. So a handicap is a disability that affects 100-point scores. We will show that both the vintage rating and the month released handicap an individual wine’s 100-point score. The most recent Cabernet issue of Wine Spectator, November 15, 2010, said, “Napa’s Greatest Vintage…2007 Cabernets reach new heights of quality.”1 As early as June 2009, Wine Spec...
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