Writing a tasting note is the key to seriously upgrade your wine tasting skills. Not only it will help you remember the wines you like and the different styles, it will also improve dramatically your ability to identify flavors and aromas. Tasting notes can have a great variety of different formats, here is one that you can use.
- Name of the vineyard, type of wine, vintage, region.
- Visual: Simply write how the color of the wine is, the words you choose don’t matter as long as you understand yourself when describing the color.
- Aromatic intensity: Choose a number on a scale of 1 to 10 to describe how intense the aromas are, 10 being extremely aromatic.
- Aromas: Describe the aromas you get when smelling the wine, write what it reminds you of, even if you think it doesn’t make sense. What’s important here is to write what YOU smell, not what’s written on the bottle.
- Flavors: Describe the flavors you get when the wine gets in your mouth, same as with the aromas, write what YOU taste, not what’s written on the bottle.
- Texture: Choose a number on a scale of 1 to 10 to describe the texture, does the wine feel more like skimmed milk or heavy cream, 10 being a texture similar to heavy cream.
- Sweetness: Choose a number on a scale of 1 to 10 to describe the sweetness, 1 is extremely dry and 10 is as sweet as syrup (something like an Hungarian Tokaji 6 Puttonyos or eszencia).
- Acidity: Choose a number on a scale of 1 to 10 to describe the acidity, 10 being similar to the acidity level of a lemon.
- Bitterness: Choose a number on a scale of 1 to 10 to describe the bitterness, 10 being similar to strong heavily roasted coffee or very dark chocolate.
- Length: How long does the wine taste once you have swallowed or spitted your sip, choose a number from 1 to 10, 1 being a few seconds and 10 being more than a 5 minutes.
- Complexity: It is the amount of different flavors the wine shows you, 10 being extremely complex.
- Balance: How well the aromas, flavors, different levels of acidity, sweetness, bitterness, alcohol and texture are in harmony with each other, 10 being a perfect balance/harmony of what’s going on in your mouth.
- Overall appreciation: Here is where you rate the wine, rate it according to your own preference, 10 being the greatest wine you have tried in your life.
- Retail price: Write down the price you paid for the bottle so you can have an idea if it’s worth it.
- Grapes: Write the grapes used to make the wine.
- Alcohol: Write the alcohol level of the wine.
You can also put a picture of the bottle so you can remember it.
ps. the app Evernote is really convenient to create tasting notes on your phone or tablet, here is the link to get it: https://evernote.com/