Flashcards in Tasting and Evaluating Wine Deck (17):
What are the ideal tasting room characteristics ?
- good natural light
- white surfaces (for wine appearance)
Name some outside influences on our wine ability to judge wine.
- Palate affected by Tobacco, food, coffee, gum or toothpaste
- Hayfever, cold
What is the recommended glass for WSET tasting and why ?
- ISO glass
- Rounded bowl large enough to swirl wine
- Tulip shape to concentrate the aromas
- Stem to hold the glass without warming the wine
What are the steps of WSET 2 systematic approach to tasting wine ?
Why do we look at the wine appearance ?
To look for faults. If it is out of condition it will look dull and will have at least a hint of brown. Haziness may also indicate a fault.
What are appearance hints for red wine ?
- Purple indicate youth (Purple)
- Orange, Amber and Brown indicate age. (Tawny)
- Purple + red (ruby)
- Orangey + red (garnet)
What are appearance hints for white wine ?
- Green indicate youth
- Yellow with a hint of green (Lemon)
- Yellow with a hint of orange (Gold)
- Orange or Brown hints indicate age (Amber)
What is the most common fault of wine and what are the effects of it ?
Cork Taint. At low level remove freshness and fruity aromas. At works, wine become pungent with damp cardboard or musty smell.
What will smell an out of condition wine ?
Dull and stale (éventé). It may also have excessive oxydative aromas (toffee, caramel, sherry)
What are the 3 categories of appearance ?
- Clarity (clear - hazy)
- Intensity (pale - medium - deep)
- Colour (lemon - gold - amber)
(pink - salmon - orange)
(purple - ruby - garnet - tawny)
What are appearance hints for rosé wine ?
- Bright purply-pink indicates youth
- Orange and Brown indicates age.
What are the 3 categories of nose ?
- Condition (Clean - Unclean)
- Intensity (light - medium - pronounced)
- Aromas char. (fruits, flowers, spices, ...)
What are the 6 categories of palate ?
- Sweetness (dry - off-dry - medium - sweet)
- Acidity (low - medium - high)
- Tannin (low - medium - high)
- Body (light - medium - full)
- Flavours (fruits, flowers, spices, ...)
- Finish (Short - Medium - Long)
What is the category of conclusion ?
- Quality (faulty - poor - acceptable - good - very good - outstanding)
Enumerate acidity characteristics
- Causes the mouth to water
- Make wine taste fresh and vibrant
- Riesling and Sauv blanc give high acidity wines
- Cool climate = More acidity than hot climate
- Sweet wines need a lot of acidity to balance sweetness
What are the elements to take in account for conclusion ?
- Balance (sweetness, acidity, fruitness, tannin)
- Finish (long finish = better wine)
- Complexity (More than 2 flavours)
- Expressiveness (express grape variety or region ?)