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Wine Spectator School

Class 6: Traveling the Old World

sniff: intensity and identification


Rioja Reserva

  1. Swirl and sniff your Rioja Reserva.
  2. Can you detect any vanilla aromas from wood aging? Any raspberry, tobacco or cherry?
  3. Note the aromas and their intensity on your worksheet.


Chianti Classico

  1. Swirl and sniff your Chianti Classico: Do you find any red cherry, earth, olive, tobacco or rose petal aromas?
  2. Note your worksheet.



  • How do the aromas of the two wines compare? Their intensity?
  • Is one wine less fruity than the other?
  • Is one more woody than the other?

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