Hi Laura, I do think that you have a point regarding wine and points.
When I first started buying decent wine from the UK wine merchant fraternity, it was Cissac, Chasse Spleen, Angludet etc. I was told that they would turn out to be pleasurable, I bought Cissac from maybe 4 1980’s vintages, not 84 or 87 and I derived not one jot of delight, far from it. But then I heard of Robert Parker and began my subscription in 1983. He told me what I needed to know, independently and with integrity. And so I took advice from Bob and my merchants. Now I was cooking with GAS!! I cannot tell the difference between a 96 and a 99 point wine, I do not care because wine varies and that’s a fact. I want to know if a wine is an 83 or a 90 point wine, there is a gulf of quality between them and I can taste that. More important are the accompanying notes, after a while you get into the head of the reviewer and his or her style of writing and taste. I understood Robert Parker very well, now he is gone it took me a while to get to know Neil Martin for Bordeaux and Jeb Dunnuck for Rhône. Jeb has now set up again by himself, and I’ve followed him, I enjoy his style and we think alike and trying to get to know the new Advocate guy just seems like hard work. Having said that, Marcel in one or two sentences can encapsulate a wines quality, and I think that we are very fortunate to have access to his services for free, so to speak.
So Laura, the points by themselves gives maybe 30% of the picture, the words complete it.
And I can back that up with my adored Roc de Cambes, never got more than 92 points BUT the words give the quality away. I think that my English teacher who is Welsh, as am I, would be proud of me. LoL Even though, I am sure she never saw the best of me.