Ryan asked, “When I started to learn about wine, I was taught that you needed to be able to tell if a wine was good even if it was a style or type you did not like [Whereby you're judging the wine, not the individual palate] You [Jay Miller] said that you rate wines that you prefer over 85 points. Can you rate a wine highly that you personally do not like?”
Jay’s response summarized, “I tend to like all the wines I rate over 85 points, though I don’t have to like the wine to rate it highly.”
Ryan’s critique: This points to a fact that so far all we can say about Jay’s scores is that if he doesn’t like the wine (style), your wines will not be rated over 85 points. Therefore, producers who want the “points” must tailor their wines to his palate. Something, he says, producers should not do.
The question Ryan wanted to follow up with was whether he had ever rated wines he did not know or had only tried a few times….maybe next time!