PhilW wrote: ↑09:33 Fri 08 Jul 2022
I agree that our 6pt system (noting that in addition to 3-2-1 we allow assignment of points any way you like subject to max 3pt for any one wine, and minimum resolution of half-points) works well to provide an indication of the generally preferred wine; and indeed, that is what we are asking it to do, and is probably why we settled on this method, but that It certainly doesn't seem to make sense to try and infer much further from it, definitely not in terms of any actual non-relative measure such as point scale ratings.
Different people use the 6pt assignment in different ways; some will *always* assign 3-2-1, even if they have sat there trying to decide which of two wines should be 1st and 2nd as they might be so close yet miles ahead of the rest; others will decide to give those wines 2pts each, and perhaps give 1pt to a couple of others they thought were the best of the rest, etc; this makes averaging, and much statistical analysis meaningless.
Overall it just gives us a guide to the most-preferred wine of those present; and by seeing if there is any common agreement on which of the wines are selected (by totalling), a guide as to which were more commonly favoured; it says little about those not scored. On some evenings where all the wines are a similar level, all wines may get some points; on other nights where a few stand out there may be several wines which were decent but get no points (noting Julian's "Honorable Mention" could be used to provide an indication here, though I'm personally happy that the voting does what is intended, i.e. to provide indication of any common agreement on the best wines present, rather than trying to make it provide indication of quality of all; for that you'd need an agreed scale, and all voting on all wines on the same scale (noting that even a full ranking would not provide this)).
As to this specific tasting, in terms of the voting, I think we can note the following:
- totalling points gives: Dow (19.5), Noval (12.5) ahead of the rest by a margin, then W, GC, V, G, then another gap, and others.
- counting which wines received the top points from each voter (which may be more than one per voter): Dow(8), N/W/GC (4), G(3)
- counting which wines received *any* points from a voter: D(11), N(8), W/G(6), GC(5), V(4)
I think it's fair to say the Dow was a clear winner, by all metrics.