- Taste is comprised of sweet, sour and bitter (and their related mouthfeels) – we generally perceive them in this same order when we taste wine.
- Since both of these wines are "dry" -- that is, fermented until all sugar has been converted to alcohol -- you will be tasting them for acidity and tannin.
- Pinot Noir's acidity can range from medium to high; its tannins are usually light, and sometimes "silky."
- Merlot's acidity ranges from low to medium, and its tannins are smooth, sometimes "velvety."
TASTING FOR ACIDITY AND TANNIN
- Sip, swish and spit the Pinot Noir.
- Check your mouth for the sensations of acidity. Do you detect any:
- Mouthwatering or clean, refreshing sensations (medium acidity)?
- Puckering or sharp sensations (high...