Lately I have heard so many wine buyers talking only about scores, scores, scores. I even went to retailers that only buy 90+ wines. This is just plainly bad for our wine industry and for consumers. All those scores are just opinions, not science, not hard facts, just opinions. it does not matter if it is blind or not, with a panel or not. One day consumers and buyers will realize that wine reviews are one opinion from one person at one moment of time (wine is just not like toasters, it can age and change). One day someone is going to give 95 points to a wine that will poison people, it was just an opinion mind you! Moody gave AAA ratings to mortgage back securities, those were also opinions (they recently won a lawsuit against the US governemnt based on their first amendment right to voice an opinion) – at the end of the day the bankers were thinking that Moody’s opinions were good as gold. I think no one will believe a AAA rating is good as gold now. Please be careful with ratings – they are just opinions.