When I first started learning about wine I used tasting sheets to help me. Literally, hundreds upon hundreds of them. Forced to think and evaluate each wine tried. It is a great tool to do when learning about wine. There are two separate forms used, this is strictly for red wine, white to follow.
Wine Selection_________________Retail $____
Bouquet/Aroma – Highly Aromatic, Inviting Bouquet Nose Intesity (5) _____ This is where you put your score with 5 being the highest for excellent.
Taste Intesity – Powerful, Bountiful, Abundant, Lots of, Ample Fruit Intesity (25) ____ score with 25 being highest level.
- Flavors and Tastes – Red Fruit (Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Currant) Dark Fruit ( Blackberry, Cassis, Blueberry, Plum, Raisin) Flavors ( Oak, Cedar, Smoky, Vanilla, Spice, Pepper, Chocolate, Coffee, Tobacco, Earth, Herb) Taste Characteristics (10)____ score with ten highest level
- Additional Flavors Detected:________________________
- Tannin (High, Medium, Low) Cellar worthy, Ripe, Supple, Easy Drinking, Soft
- Complex (Yes/NO) Multifaceted, Layered
- Acidity (High, Medium, Low) Very crisp, Crisp, Food Friendly, Fresh
- Body (Full, Medium, Light) Big, Rich, Lush, Round
- Finish Everlasting, Lingering, Lengthy, Long, Solid Length (5)______ rate 5 highest
- Balance- Harmonious, Perfect, Well, Nice……. Balance (5)______rate 5 highest
- Total Assessment- Highly Recommend, Recommend, Great Value, Good Add 50 points (100)______
The scoring used is based on a 100 point scale. Meaning 100 points in your opinion is the best of the best. Add your score to see how a particular bottle rated. The more you do and utilize this sheet it will be very interesting to look back at some of your scores. You become more savvy with your scoring. Good luck, enjoy!