You Asked: I have seen the rating scale, but there are no specific criteria, such as age, cost, type of grapes, etc., listed as to how the rating is determined. I am curious to know what specifically is used (besides taste) to determine where on the scale the wine is placed. ~KC\r\n\r\nOur reviewers assign\u00a0ratings to all wines using the following scale:\r\n\r\nClassic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.\r\n\r\nSuperb 94-97: A great achievement.\r\n\r\nExcellent 90-93: Highly recommended.\r\n\r\nVery Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.\r\n\r\nGood 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.\r\n\r\nAcceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.\r\n\r\nWines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.\r\n\r\nAlthough each of our reviewers is free to use their own rubric,\u00a0we stress the importance of evaluating balance, length, intensity and complexity as the basis for our ratings. For a summary of how I rate wines, check my blog on the subject.\r\n\r\nAs most of the wines we review are tasted blind\u2014that is without knowing the producer or price--there is no way\u00a0to incorporate cost\u00a0into the rating, although price is a consideration when awarding Best Buy or Editors' Choice designations.\r\n\r\nDo you have a burning, unanswered question about wine? Send your queries to email@example.com and one of our editors will get back to you.