Tasting notes

by Arnaldo Alcón Cánovas

Okay, I’ve tried a wine and I want to do a more or less academic speech… How should I do that?
Well, we “Uviners”, like all kind of opinions, especially those who tell favorite wine pairing,  if you decided to buy wine through Uvinum and found it  cheap, or if your bf / gf liked it more than you, because we want you to tell us your story… but if you ever find yourself in the position of having to write something more formal, here are some advices:
First of all, hand the  glass of wine you want to write on, tasting notes are written better at the moment. So, go ahead! Buy wine!
Yes, we realize that to write a tasting note you must have previous notions of how a wine should be tasted, If not, this article will not teach you to do it: just to order your feelings on paper.
Start separating by senses: sight, hearing, smell and taste, touch (to remember the order, think about your organs from top to bottom: Eyes, ears, nose and mouth (in the mouth you will notice the taste and the touch at the same time).

  • View: Discuss whether the wine is transparent, opaque or turbid. How does the wine tear look? You see it very thick, like sludge, or oil, like vinegar? Talk about the color (main color, edge, or secondary color). If it’s sparkling, how persistent and large the bobble is….
  • Hearing: This is only for sparkling wine. Think of the bubble sound, like a peta-zeta, a coca-cola or is so thin that can’t even hear it, although you are seeing it.
  • Smell: You can talk about your first impressions, without shaking the glass. What aromas can you appreciate after, and even how smells several hours after opening the bottle, if aromas have gone? New ones have appeared? Remember after you receive the retro nasal aromas; Do they change something, are they is intensified.
  • Taste-touch: You can start by touching, because it may be the simplest: was the wine warm? “The thick champagne bubbles bother?  “Dense? Write it all! Now, share with us, discover us the tastes, starting with primary flavors: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. What you notice first? How you get to the final taste? Was it (balanced? Take a moment to think of astringency. Has your left side tongue felt like sandpaper, or something softer? Finally, stop for a moment to remember that wine, while analyzing its post palate. Are you going next? Does it stay long? Do you remember any special scent or flavor?

By now you should have enough notes to write your tasting note, more or less correctly.
Basting is the sentences will also do to correct and revise your notes. You’ll see that   as reviewing, clarifications or revisions will occur. It’s normal, because once we have a global idea of the wine seems that everything becomes more meaningful. If you do not want to correct, or want to keep both versions, you can divide your impressions, saying something like: “At first, at first impression …” and then something like “continues to change, later, later I felt…”
Also think that a wine that always offers you the same feeling is something remarkable. You can say that the wine “is emphasized in perceptions”, or talk about the “persistence of aromas.”
Anyway, after that you will already have your note ready to send to any Wine Academy. Just do not forget to share it in Uvinum…

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