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Wine Spectator School

Class 3: International Varieties

see: clarity, color, intensity, legs


  • What would you say is the clarity of each wine - brilliant; clear; any sediment in either?

  • On your Tasting Worksheet, circle the clarity that most closely matches your wines.



  • The color of Pinot Noir is typically ruby red to garnet; Merlot is usually ruby in color.

  • Examine the color of your wines and note it on your worksheet.



  • If a wine has a lot of color, we describe it as "dark." If it does not have much color, we call it "pale"; if the wine is somewhere in between, we say its intensity is "medium".

  • Keep in mind that intensity of color is related to extract (grape solids): The darker the wine, the more extract in it.




Pinot Noir

  1. Holding your glass at a 45-degree angle, examine...

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