Course: Understanding Wine

Class 2: Tasting Reds




SNIFF: Aroma Intensity and Identification
  • When we smell a wine's aromas, we begin by first judging their Intensity.
  • Intensity answers the question "How powerful - or faint - are the aromas?"
  • Try to do the following process in a single sniff per wine; form an impression and go on to the next step. Remember that, like any skill, you will improve at this with experience.

 

 
JUDGING INTENSITY

Beaujolais

  1. Swirl and sniff the Beaujolais.
  2. Are the aromas powerful? Do they pour out the glass and immediately fill your nose?
  3. Are they faint, or hard to detect?
  4. Circle the intensity on your Tasting Worksheet that best describes the intensity of the Gamay's aromas.

 
Cabernet Sauvignon

  1. Swirl...
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