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Class 9: Winegrowing and Winemaking


see: clarity, color, intensity, legs
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Clarity

 

  • Are both wines clear or bright?

 

 
Color and Intensity

  • Is the unoaked wine paler, less intense than the oaked wine? Any tinges of green? Is the oaked wine darker, more intense?
  • The color of both wines typically ranges from straw to gold. Unoaked Chardonnay is usually medium in intensity; oaked, medium to dark.

 

 
Legs

  • Does one wine have more prominent legs, or are they about the same?

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