how it works

The WineStatistics rating system is easy-to-read and, at the same time, quite detailed, so that it can be used by a wide range of wine enthusiasts.

The core of the system is a well detailed wine tasting table, which divides a wine’s profile into 10 equivalent elements, grouped in 4 categories: visual aspect, olfactory aspect (the nose), gustatory aspect (the palate) and aftertaste.

The maximum rating a wine can get is 100, as a result, each element can get maximum 10 points, which represents exactly 1/10 of the maximum score. Simple as that!


Each category has it’s own weight, based on it’s importance in the wine profile:

  • the visual aspect (1/10) contains 1 element: color – everything related to wine appearance will be reflected here – max 10 pts;
  • the olfactory aspect (2/10) contains 2 elements: aroma and flavor – this category will group all the aspects of a wine’s nose/smell – max 20 pts;
  • the gustatory aspect (5/10) contains 5 elements: sweetness, alcohol, acidity, tannin and balance – this category will group all the aspects that describe how a wine tastes and the overall harmony of the palate – max 50 pts;
  • the aftertaste (2/10) contains 2 elements: finish and aftertaste – here will be reflected those feelings and sensations that still persist in the mouth after the wine has been swallowed or spited – max 20 pts.

Each independent element represents one vector in the overall wine profile and is explained by 5 attributes each:

  • color explains opacity, intensity and profile of a wine color and is described as:
    pure, clear, pale, cloudy, dirty;
  • aroma explains the intensity of a wine smell and is described as:
    strong, rich, moderate, light, weak;
  • flavor explains the wine flavor profile and is described as:
    for red wine: fruit jam, red fruits, black fruits, blue fruits, savory flavor;
    for rose wine: floral flavor, fruit jam, sweet fruits, sour fruits, mineral flavor;
    for white wines: jam & honey, sweet fruits, citrus fruits, savory flavor, mineral flavor;
  • sweetness explains how sweet a wine seems to be (not the quantity of residual sugar in the wine), and is described as:
    extra dry, dry, medium, sweet, extra sweet;
  • alcohol explains how strong a wine tastes (not the overall level of ABV), and is described as:
    strong, high, moderate, light, low;
  • acidity explains how tart a wine feels (not the general PH level), and is described as:
    strong, high, moderate, light, low;
  • tannin explains how bitter is the taste of a wine, and is described as:
    strong, dry, medium, soft, low;
  • balance explains the overall harmony between 4 main taste profiles of a wine (sweetness, alcohol, acidity, tannin) and is described as:
    fine, good, fair, bad, poor;
  • finish explains the lengths of the aftertaste that persists in the mouth after the wine has been swallowed or spited and is described as:
    lasting, long, medium, short, dead;
  • aftertaste explains how pleasant/harmonious is that sensation in the mouth after the wine has been swallowed or spited and is described as:
    elegant, velvety, balanced, astringent, faulty.

The end result of our wine reviews will be displayed as a quite simple and easy to read diagram:


To simplify the wine rating system described above, we’ve introduced an easy to read wine profile wheel diagram, where every branch represents one of the core wine profile elements, described above. The perfect wine (a 100 pts wine) will have a full grown, round diagram, like the one below:

And that’s how the wine’s radial profile looks like:


The beauty of WineStatistics rating system is that you can replace our rating with your own, based on your observations and taste. Simply replace our marks with your rating and then make a sum of the obtained results and you will get your own wine rating. The thing that should be kept in mind is that there are no right or wrong opinions and no perfect evaluations – every single personality has his own sense profile and taste preferences, just keep practicing and you will discover yours.

Another useful feature is that you can now make a direct, side-by-side comparison between any given wines. Just overlay one wine review on another (profile wheel or flash results) and you will spot the strength and/or weakness of one wine versus the other one. Easy to use and quite useful!

When reviewing a wine, you might encounter some difficulties when rating the elements of the gustatory aspect. If this is your case, keep calm, just take a sip, play the wine inside your mouth, then simply concentrate on one taste at a time (sweetness, alcohol, acidity, tannin) and give it a score based on your own feeling and sense of perfection. Don’t over complicate it, keep things as simple as possible.

So, what all those colors above means after all? Well, it’s as simple as simple gets. The higher is the rating for every element, the more blocks of specific color will appear on the wine profile wheel and on the wine review flash-results. The perfect wine, with a maximum rating equal to 100, will have a full grown wine profile wheel and all the bars in the wine flash-results.

Please note that we’ve decided to omit the price factor from our wine reviews for two reasons – one would be that prices will vary from retailer to retailer, one can even buy wines directly from the wine producer, which may cut cost considerably. The second reason would be that we intend to test head-to-head wines from Moldova with wines from all over the world, wines whose prices will inevitably include imported and transportation taxes, be it that one buys them from a retailer or directly from a wine store while abroad.

The cherry-on-the-top of WineStatistics rating system is the wine recommendation table. A very simplistic way to explain to you, our loyal reader, what the overall rating really means to you. Should you try this wine or just pass it by? Is it good or meh? How good is the wine you’ve just tasted? Does it have any ageing potential?

The WineStatistics score and recommendation are easy to read and digest:

  • 95 – 99 | exceptional | (simply epic) -> a wine that can reach into the realm of perfection
  • 92 – 94 | great | (a must try) -> a wine that has all the traits to become legendary
  • 90 – 91 | fine | (highly recommended) -> a wine of premium quality with good potential
  • 88 – 89 | good | (quite good) -> a well made wine that lacks elegance and finesse
  • 75 – 87 | fair | (not bad) -> a decent wine that lacks character and structure

While the maturity level is hinting at when to uncork the said wine:

  • on the rise | still young, give it some more time
  • in its prime | drink it now, you’ll never regret it
  • over its prime | you’ve just missed the apex
  • on the decline | too late, this is history now

WineStatistics wine classification is based on the wine ratings explained above, and reflects the overall quality of a tasted/reviewed wine. The purpose of  our rating system is to guide you to find the one wine you were searching for so long, or simply help you choose the right wine from the multitude found in the wine stores, saving a lot of your time (and, why not, money) in the process.

WineStatistics ratings and reviews are a freeware product, you can use and share it without further notifications, as long as you mention the source. Furthermore, feel free to change/edit our ratings according to your taste and don’t forget to enjoy the wine itself in the meantime.


We hope that our wine reviews will be of good use to you, and that you will enjoy wine as much as we do. Join us on facebook for more insight into the fascinating world of wine.

As a footnote, we will leave you with some food for thoughts:
. . . drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures . . .
(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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