Rating Key

Chilean-Wine.com uses the 5 star system.  This system provides for an easy to understand and visually simple overview of the tasting.

The 5 star system for wines is currently in use by Decanter magazine, and it was made popular by Michael Broadbent in his Great Vintage Wine Book.

Chilean-Wine.com’s 5 star rating system incorporates the use of whole and half-stars as a way of being more descriptive.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ = Not very good (Do I still have the receipt?)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ = Fair (It ain’t gonna kill you)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ = Good (Ok.  I can have another sip of this)

Rating: ★★★★☆ = Very Good (Yeah. Now we’re talking!)

Rating: ★★★★★ = Excellent (Freaking Outstanding!)

My ratings are based on the merits of the wine at the time of tasting.

My ratings do not take into account cellaring potential.  If a wine rates 2 stars today but has great cellaring potential which could take the same wine to 4 stars in five years, then so be it.  I’m not a fortune teller.

I also do not take into account the suggested retail price.  If a wine is a great value, I’ll tell you in the summary of the review, but I do not calculate the cost in my ratings.   Its more transparent for my readers that way.