Deductive Tasting


Using deductive tasting methods during a blind tasting to determine the country of origin, climate, grape variety or blend and general age range can be a daunting task.  Below are some helpful hints I would like to continue practicing to become proficient at blind tasting.


Clarity:    Cloudy – Clear – Sediment

Brightness:   Dull – Hazy – Bright – Day Bright – Star Bright – Brilliant

Color:  Whites:    Clear – Straw – Yellow – Gold – Brown

Roses:    Pink – Orange – Brown

Reds:    Purple – Ruby – Garnet – Orange – Brown

Concentration:   Low – Medium – High

Rim Variation:    Yes – No   (Color at Rim)

Presence of Gas or Sediment:  Yes – No

Viscosity:  Low – Medium – High


Obvious Flaws:  Clean vs. Unclean (TCA, H2S, Volatile Acidity, Brett, etc.)

Intensity:  Weak vs. Powerful

Age Assessment:  Aroma/Youthful – Bouquet/Aged

Fruit:   Primary and Secondary,  Citrus – Berry – Tree – Stone – Tropical,  Fresh – Dried – Jammy

Non-fruit Aromas:  Flowers, Spices, Nuts, Honey, Herbs (fresh or dried), other aromas

Earthiness:  Organic (mushroom, forrest, other living things, etc.) vs. Inorganic (slate, chalky, dusty, non-living things, etc.)

Wood:  Old vs. New – French vs. American – Large vs. Barrique


Sweetness:  Bone Dry – Dry – Off Dry – Slightly Sweet – Medium Sweet – Dessert

Body:  Light – Medium – Full

Fruit flavors:  Confirm Nose

Non-fruit flavors:  Confirm Nose

Earthiness:  Confirm Nose

Wood:  Confirm Nose

Alcohol:   Low – Medium Minus – Medium – Medium Plus – High

Acidity:   Low – Medium Minus – Medium – Medium Plus – High

Tannin:   Low – Medium Minus – Medium – Medium Plus – High

Finnish:   Short – Medium Minus – Medium – Medium Plus – High

Complexity:  Low – Medium Minus – Medium – Medium Plus – High


Initial Conclusion:  Old World vs. New World,  Climate (cool, moderate or warm), Grape Variety or Blend, General Age Range

Final Conclusion:  Variety (varieties), Country, Region, Level of Quality, Vintage

My Notes:

Brightness:  think of the sparkle of diamonds

Concentration: can you see through the wine and read words on a white sheet

Viscosity:  sheeting or defined tears or stained tears translates to low/medium/high

Alcohol:  determined by the warmth in your mouth or throat

Acidity:  determined by how much saliva your mouth produces after drinking, more saliva equals more acidity

Tannin: determined by grittiness, gums sticking to lip


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