CellarTracker is a web-based database of wine information, centered principally around the tasting notes contributed by the site’s users. 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 is based on the concept of a cellar management tool originally designed by Eric LeVine. The website’s user base grew rapidly from its launch in 2004, and now has more than 2 million bottles logged in its database, the majority of which come complete with users' tasting notes and scores.
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)