About Journal Ratings

All ratings are based on judges scores that go through a three step average to insure consistency and fairness across tastings. The first step is a straight average. The second step is a standard deviation calculation. The third step is a removal of scores that do not fall within the calculated deviation and a re-average.

The scores are then analyzed and tracked. The type of data we track are the following:

  1. Wine Score (20-points and 100-points)
  2. Category Average
  3. Single Wine Deviation: A measure of panel consensus for a single wine
  4. Average Deviation Across Category: The average deviation between a single wine and the category average – An average calculation across each wine’s individual deviation
  5. Panel Consensus: Represents how well the panel tastes as a judging body – A deviation calculation of category averages across all judges
  6. Typicity Across Category: A Measure of typicity (consistency in style) – A deviation calculation across all averaged wine scores
  7. Appellation Tracking: Breakdown of Texas AVAs
  8. Vineyard Tracking
  9. Texas vs. The World: A separate category that places the top rated Texas wine from a given category in a blind tasting of world wines
  10. Year-to-Date Breakdown

To view the Journal’s standardized evaluation and rating form, Click Here. To view the Journal’s 20-point to 100-point conversion, Click Here.

Texas Wine Journal Score Breakdown:

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.