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Wine Spectator School


Class 3: International Varieties



SIP: Taste, Body, Flavor

Flavor

The flavors in your mouth should echo -- and may also elaborate on -- the aromas you detected when you sniffed the wine.

 
TASTING FOR FLAVOR

Pinot Noir

  1. Sip, swish and aerate your Pinot Noir.

  2. Spit the wine and record the flavors you detect on your Tasting Worksheet. Repeat as necessary.

  3. Do the flavors match the aromas?

  4. How intense are the flavors? Mark it on your worksheet.

 
Merlot

  1. Now sip, swish and aerate the Merlot.

  2. Spit and record the flavors on your Tasting Worksheet, repeating this step as necessary.

  3. Do the flavors match the aromas?

  4. How intense are the flavors? Mark it on your worksheet.

 
Comparison

  • Do the two wines have any flavors in common?

  • Did you find, as we suggested earlier, that the Pinot Noir's flavors tend...

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