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Talking wine


Below is a short introduction to the kinds of words used to describe wine. Use our systematic approach to learn to recognise the different aromas found in wine, and thereby to better appreciate the wines that you taste. You will then be able to talk knowledgeably about wine the next time you share a bottle with friends!!

Appearance
· Clarity
All colours
Crystal clear - Bright - Clear - Dull - Misty - Cloudy
· Intensity
Red
Pale - Average - Deep - Opaque
White
Watery - White - Pale - Average - Deep
Ros
Pale - Averaege - Deep
· Colour
Red
Crimson - Ruby - Garnet - Mahogany - Tawny
White
Green - Lemon - Straw - Gold - Amber
Ros
Pink - Salmon pink - Orange - Onion skin
Nose
· Condition
All colours
Clean - Not very clean
· Intensity
All colours
Low - Average - Pronounced
· Development
All colours
oung - Grape aromas - Old bouquet - Tired - Oxydized
· Fruity character
All colours
Fruity - Floral - Vegetal - Spici - Woody - Smoked - Animal - Complexity - Aromas Fermentation - Ripeness - Flaws
Palate
· Sweetness
All colours
Dry - Slighty dry - Medium dry - Medium sweet - Sweet - Luscious
· Acidity
All colours
Low - Balanced - Sharp - Pungent
· Tannin
All colours
Astringent - Rough - Balanced - Smooth
· Body
All colours
Lean - Light - Medium - Pronounced
· Fruity character
All colours
Same as for the nose
· Alcohol content
All colours
Low - Medium - Long
· Length
All colours
Short - Medium - Long
Conclusions
· Quality
All colours
Disappointing - Low - Medium - Good - Exceptional
· Ripeness
All colours
Immature ( needs X years) - Keeps well (length of time) - To drink quickly - Fading
· Age / Cru
All colours
Vintage
· Origins
All colours
Geographical - grape varieties if known