CellarTracker is a web-based database of wine information, centered principally around the tasting notes contributed by the site’s users. It is based on a cellar management tool originally designed by Eric LeVine, who still runs the operation from his home (and a nearby café) in Washington.
Drawing on the thoughts and comments of many thousands of wine consumers rather just one critic, CellarTracker scores are naturally self-moderating. While they may lack the individual idiosyncrasies of a single palate, their aggregate nature makes them a reliable guide to the overall quality of a particular wine. As part of the wider wine world, CellarTracker scores are a useful complement to those given by the critics.
CellarTracker's user base grew rapidly from its launch in 2004, and now lists almost 4 million wine reviews.
The website (Cellartracker.com) and its services are free to use: they are financed by voluntary payments from users.
CellarTracker's 100-point wine-scoring scale:
- 98–100 – Extraordinary
- 94–97 – Outstanding
- 90–93 – Very good
- 86–89 – Good
- 80–85 – Average
- 70–79 – Below average
- 50–69 – Avoid
CellarTracker's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 60 – 100 points
50% fall between: 86 – 90.1 points
Average score: 87.9 points
(Data: October 2013)