Course: Understanding Wine
SEE: Clarity, Color, Intensity, Legs
When you read or hear someone talk about "legs" or "tears," they are referring to the rivulets of wine that form and then flow down the inside of a wine glass after the wine has been swirled.
Like intensity, legs tell us something about a wine: The more pronounced the legs and the longer they last, the higher the alcohol content and the more full-bodied the wine is.
Legs are always fun to look at, but they do not tell us anything about the quality of a wine; a fuller-bodied wine is not necessarily better than a lighter-bodied wine nor is a wine with a higher alcohol content better than a wine with a lower alcohol content.
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