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Tasting Terms

Sight – Appearance
Clarity: Brilliant, Clear, Cloudy, Sediment
Color Depth: Opaque, Medium, Deep
Color (Whites): Pale Yellow-Green, Straw, Yellow-Gold, Gold, Old Gold, Yellow-Brown, Brown
Color (Reds): Purple, Red, Ruby, Brick Red, Red-Brown, Brown

Smell - Aroma and Bouquet
Bouquet (Smell of aging and oxidation):
Aroma (Smell of grape):

  • Fruity: Grapefruit, Lemon; Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Currant; Cherry, Apricot, Peach, Apple; Pineapple, Melon, Banana; Jam, Raisin, Prune, Fig
  • Spicy: Licorice, Black Pepper, Cloves
  • Floral: Geranium, Violet, Rose, Orange Blossom
  • Microbiological: Yeasty, Leesy, Lactic, Yogurt, Sweaty, Sauerkraut, Mousy, Horsy
  • Sherry: Oxidized; Pungent: Menthol, Alcohol
  • Chemical: Sulfur Dioxide, Ethanol, Acetic Acid, Ethyl Acetate, Wet Wool, Wet Dog, Burnt Match, Cabbage, Skunk, Garlic, Natural Gas, Mercaptain, Hydrogen Sulfide, Medicinal, Rubbery, Diesel, Kerosene, Plastic, Tar
  • Earthy: Moldy Cork, Moldy, Mushroom, Dusty
  • Nutty: Walnut, Hazelnut, Almond Woody: Oak, Cedar, Vanilla, Smoky, Burnt Toast, Coffee, Bacon
  • Kitchen: Caramel, Honey, Butterscotch, Butter, Soy Sauce, Chocolate, Molasses
  • Herbal/Vegetative: Cut grass, Bell Pepper, Eucalyptus, Mint, Green Beans, Asparagus, Green Olive, Black Olive, Artichoke, Hay/Straw, Tea, Tobacco

Taste - Flavor and Finish
Sweetness (Tip of tongue): None, Low, Medium, Very sweet
Tannins: Low, Medium, High
Acidity:(Side of tongue): Low, Medium, High
Body: Light, Medium, Full
Finish: Short, Moderate, Long
Balance: Unbalanced, Balanced

Overall Impression
Complexity: Simple, Moderate, Complex
Overall Quality: