2017 RATINGS

Top 10 Red Blends
Tasted July 19, 2017
Total Wines: 28  – Total Judges: 8 – Panel Consensus: 0.85

Top 10 White Blends
Tasted May 24, 2017
Total Wines: 19  – Total Judges: 6 – Panel Consensus: 0.50

Top 10 DRY ROSÉ
Tasted March 15, 2017
Total Wines: 27  – Total Judges: 9 – Category Average: 14.41/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.91

Top 10 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tasted February 22, 2017
Total Wines: 24  – Total Judges: 8 – Panel Consensus: 0.55

2016 RATINGS

Top 10 TEMPRANILLO
Tasted November 17, 2016
Total Wines: 29 – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 15.35/85  – Panel Consensus: 0.63

Top 10 SYRAH/SHIRAZ
Tasted October 19, 2016
Total Wines: 17  – Total Judges: 9 – Category Average: 14.94/83  – Panel Consensus: 0.95

Top 10 VIOGNIER
Tasted September 21, 2016
Total Wines: 19  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 14.33/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.95

Top 10 ROUSSANNE
Tasted September 21, 2016
Total Wines: 10  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.60/82  – Panel Consensus: 0.52

Top 10 WHITE BLENDS
Tasted July 19, 2016
Total Wines: 15  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.23/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.78

Top 10 DRY ROSÉ
Tasted June 21, 2016
Total Wines: 23  – Total Judges: 11 – Category Average: 14.16/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.68

Top 10 OTHER RED VARIETALS
Tasted April 19 & May 10, 2016
Total Wines: 45  – Total Judges: 12 – Category Average: 14.36/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.66

2015 RATINGS

Top 10 BLANC DU BOIS
Tasted October 13, 2015
Total Wines: 28  – Total Judges: 5 – Category Average: 14.51/82  – Panel Consensus: 0.32

Top 10 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tasted December 15, 2015
Total Wines: 26  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 15.22/84  – Panel Consensus: 0.76

Top 10 ROSÉ
Tasted June 16, 2015
Total Wines: 26  – Total Judges: 9 – Category Average: 14.50/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.72

Top 10 RED BLENDS
Tasted November 4, 2015
Total Wines: 35  – Total Judges: 5 – Category Average: 15.18/84  – Panel Consensus: 0.97

Top 10 SYRAH
Tasted March 17, 2015
Total Wines: 16  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 14.48/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.43

Top 10 TEMPRANILLO
Tasted November, 17, 2015
Total Wines: 33  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 15.44/85  – Panel Consensus: 0.87

Top 10 VIOGNIER
Tasted May 19, 2015
Total Wines: 16  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 14.81/83  – Panel Consensus: 0.51

Top 10 WHITE BLENDS
Tasted April 21, 2015
Total Wines: 22  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.35/81  – Panel Consensus: 0.61

Top 10 ROUSSANNE
Tasted May 19, 2015
Total Wines: 6  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 15.52/86  – Panel Consensus: 0.94

2014 RATINGS

Top 10 BLAN DU BOIS
Tasted October 7, 2014
Total Wines: 12  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 13.90/80  – Panel Consensus: 0.30

Top 10 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Tasted October 21, 2014
Total Wines: 26  – Total Judges: 6 – Category Average: 14.95/83  – Panel Consensus: 0.54

Top 10 MERLOT
Tasted September 2, 2014
Total Wines: 12  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.75/82  – Panel Consensus: 0.41

Top 10 SANGIOVESE
Tasted October 7, 2014
Total Wines: 12  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.96/83  – Panel Consensus: 0.71

Top 10 TEMPRANILLO
Tasted November 25, 2014
Total Wines: 36  – Total Judges: 7 – Category Average: 14.69/83  – Panel Consensus: 0.7

Development of the TWJ’s 20-point Evaluation Form

The development of the Journal’s 20-point evaluation form was a process that began in December of 2013, and over the course of six panel tastings covering Viognier, Syrah, White Blends, Red Blends, Merlot and Dry Rosé categories, we arrived at the form the panel uses today. The first category to use the current evaluation form was Blanc du Bois in November of 2014.

Outside of developing, using, evaluating, modifying and retesting several technical evaluation forms over the course of eleven months, the final form also takes into account the experience and perspective of twelve respected and influential industry leaders and wine professionals that range from producer, sommelier, media, buyer, distributor and educator. This is a form that was intended to be both effective and useful to the sommelier, buyer and wine media communities as much as it is intended to be an insightful resource for producers.

The form itself is designed to accommodate both subjective (opinion) and objective (weighted) insight based each judge’s evaluation. The objective evaluation takes into account clarity, brightness, typicity, concentration, intensity, complexity, balance and finish. The form also allows a judge to make a subjective adjustment if the final result doesn’t fully represent what he or she believes to be the most comprehensive evaluation.

Ratings Defined

  • 95-100 – Extraordinary. Superior character and style.
  • 90-94 — Excellent. Noteworthy character and highly recommended.
  • 85-89 — Very good. Wine with special qualities and potentially a great value depending on price.
  • 80-84 — Good. Solid wine with above average character.
  • 75-79 – Average.  Straightforward with little distinction beyond being soundly made.
Average Deviation Across Category

The average deviation between a single wine and the category average – An average calculation across each wine’s individual deviation. The larger the number, the more a single wine deviates from the category average.

Typicity Across Category

A Measure of typicity (consistency in style) – A deviation calculation across all averaged wine scores. The smaller the number, the higher degree of typicity

Panel Consensus
Represents how well the panel tastes as a judging body – A deviation calculation of category averages across all judges. The smaller the number, the more consensus.

DEFINITION OF FORM TERMS

Clarity: The amount of undissolved or unremoved solids found in a wine

Brightness: The liveliness and luster of the wine as seen from all angles

Typicity: A true expression of a grape variety, the terroir of an appellation or the typical wine making techniques of a region.

Concentration: The opposite of light or thin. Concentrated wines display depth of flavor and focus.

Intensity: When a wine delivers an experience that keeps the taster focused and engaged. Does the wine grab your attention? Can it hold on to it?

Complexity: A wine that delivers layers of experience. Does it evolve? If so, how much and how often?

Overall Balance: How the parts (structure and character) of each wine fits to make the whole that is correct for the variety, style, terrior or production technique.

Finish: How a wine leaves you and its lasting impression.

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