SUMMARIZE: Finish, Balance, Complexity
SUMMARIZE involves examining a wine's Finish, Balance and Complexity, and coming to a final evaluation of quality and appeal.
Finish refers to the length of time a wine's flavors linger in the mouth after swallowing. The finish can be short, moderate or long.
In general, the longer the finish, the better the wine.
- Swirl, sniff, sip and spit the wine.
- Do the flavors slowly diminish on your palate, or do they crescendo before starting to fade?
- Take another sip, swish and spit, this time paying attention to the length of time the flavors linger. Ask yourself:
- Is it a "short" finish? Do the flavors disappear abruptly, within about 10 seconds?
- Is it a...