Rating System

Rating under international 100-point scheme

The wines are graded according to the 100-point system. Here, the usable area, with international practice, with 50 WP (begins Wein-Plus -points) to. The final grade is composed of the following individual reviews:

  • Eye: 5 WP
  • Nose: 15 WP
  • Mouth: 25 WP
  • Overall impression and potential: 5 WP

Note: Since it is possible to each producer, to produce beautiful and filtering through a wine with bright appearance, we measure the optical impression of only marginal importance. So every wine receives no serious color deficiencies conceded 5 WP.

The mean scores point

In the Wein-Plus only wines are added that have achieved a minimum score of 80 WP. Therefore, the range 50-79 WP is not considered here. Wines that do not reach 80 points, while also described and assessed accurately and play at the winery classification do matter, but not veröffenlicht.

The assessment will be, as I said, after coming from the US and the local school grading system borrowed 100-point scheme. Today there are different views on how this system should be interpreted strictly. So there is for most users of this scheme for several years a gradual shift of the point scores upward, resulting in an unnatural compression of the system..

In Wein-Plus the original, strict version is used in the range of recommended wines starts with 80 WP. Please respect this grading practice constantly in mind, if you use our guide as this is essential for understanding the ratings.

80-84 WP Good: Clean, most harmonious, at best typical wines with a certain character. In most cases, already a real drinking pleasure. Base wines that end up in this category may be considered to be well above average, already, but with top-quality products suggested a review in this area at certain weaknesses out.
85-89 WP Very good: Remarkable wines with personality, expression and certain complexity and depth that deserve the attention of any discerning wine lover.
90-94 WP Excellent: First-class wines that are among the best of its kind. Absolute clean aromas, harmony, depth and character must be met.
95-99 WP United: World-class wines to maintain their depth, complexity and expression an unforgettable sensory experience.
100 WP Unique: Wines that are just different, but can not do better.

Drinking recommendation

Each wine is described in detail and given a forecast of the likely best drinking period. This information is not a unique shelf life information, but only provide information about the period during which a wine likely presents itself most advantageously under normal storage conditions. An annual statement always means the expectation that a wine is present at least until the end of the year indicated in good shape. Many wines remain well above the specified date also in good shape, but we do not expect that they'll continue to develop positively. Even with the greatest experience these details always remain estimates. Positive and negative surprises we are experiencing at this point again and again, especially since the development is highly dependent on the respective storage conditions. Ongoing done in our house but a test sample of older wines. The findings from this serve us to be able to do in the future even more precise information.

Particularly strict application of the 100-point scheme

Please note that the star rating system for Wein-Plus is applied differentiated and stricter than it now is common in other international publications, as many colleagues tend increasingly to award high point scores. Here, for example, a comparison of all tested wines from Wein-Plus and the Wine Spectator:

Source: own figures and Wine Specator, Issue January / February 2006

Classification of Producer

From the representative wine reviews that scored the long run a winery, gives producers classification. It gives the reader at first glance a reliable information about the quality of the producer concerned. These products range from   to  .

The classification is based on the long-term experience that has made under the strict conditions that apply to the wine guides the wines of our operation Verkosterteam. Base are thus only the wines that were tasted in Erlanger tasting room blind. These must be submitted by each producer adequately classified wines from recent vintages.

Wineries, of which we have so far not try enough or no wine, or those who have presented to us 2 years no more wines, obtained a preliminary classification ( ), When we have reason to believe that they deserve with regular employment classification. The establishments thus marked are regularly invited by us to make their wines. The tasting of the wines and admission to the Wine Guide is basically free of charge.

  Producers of national class
The wines keep constant high level and are usually the best in their respective category in the area. Weaknesses, there is little, but can occur in difficult vintages. However, this must be balanced in good years with particularly compelling assortments so that an operation can hold the status. In most cases you can blindly buy.
  Producers of international class
Producer of premium wines, which regularly include even in international comparison among the best of its kind. Mediocre wines are rare, real weaknesses there is hardly ever. Arise even in difficult years here regularly superior qualities.
  Producers of world class
The wines of these establishments count every year to the absolute best of its kind and is almost unrivaled in the top - and that regardless of vintage variations. But the simpler plants are almost invariably excellent. Weaknesses, there are virtually no, and mediocre wines are as good as never before.

Producers classification is constantly revised in accordance with the submitted and tasted wines. We leave us with gradations in principle a little more time than with ascents.

We already have a lot of customers by Wein-Plus won. Very often our review in Wein-Plus used by customers as a reference."

Jens Zimmerle www.zimmerle-weingut.de

Tasting Team Marcus Hofschuster

Marcus Hofschuster is the chief taster as well as the editor-in-chief at Wein-Plus.
He first showed his intense interest in wine, and in German wine in particular, as a young man when he had the opportunity to taste some mature Riesling wines from the cellar of a friend, in the late 1980‘s. In the following two decades, he used extensive travel as well as countless tastings to acquire a profound knowledge of the world of wine.

In his time as a wine merchant in Schwabach and in Nuremberg in Germany he developed the idea of producing a comprehensive wine guide to both German and international wines, an idea he implemented in 1999: he gave up his wine business, and since then has concentrated his efforts exclusively on the Wein-Plus wine guide, which he established and expanded, turning it into a fixture in the field of European wine reviews. With its strict rating system, the through and uncompromising tasting practice and his incorruptibility, Marcus Hofschuster has set new standards for serious tastings dedicated to true wine quality.

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