red wine tasting

Bodegas Veganzones, wines of Ribera del Duero, we want to share some tips to keep in mind during the visual phase of a wine tasting.

The first of the senses that we use in the tasting is the view. At first glance we get great information clearly and objectively.

In addition, the view is the sense where personal perception and taste do not interfere when appreciate the qualities of the wine, and also helps us to find some flaws. Here we show you what must look for:

  1. Clarity and Transparency. It tells us how the wine was made during its process of decanting, filtration, fermentation and clarification. If there is sediment in the wine and it does not appear clean, it is advisable to decant the wine to avoid reaching the glass.
  2. The vivacity and brightness. Brightness and luminosity are the properties that a wine has to reflect the light. It informs us about the acidity of the wine. The lack of brightness would imply lack of acidity and therefore of flavor (flat wine). It is an important feature in white wines.
  3. Fluency. We must look at how to fall into the cup and how it moves in it. Greater fluency indicates youth. The viscosity may indicate that the wine is ill or has suffered any major disruption in fermentation. Keep in mind that the fluidity will be different in a sweet wine.
  4. Bubbles. Its presence is normal in a sparkling wine. In other wines the presence of a minimal amount, especially in young whites, can be accepted. Due to remains of CO2 from fermentation, which help give freshness to the wine. If the bubbles in the wine are very numerous, it may mean that a second fermentation has been made in the bottle, which is undesirable and would affect its quality.
  5. Color. We must look at the wine from above, or put the almost horizontal glass on a white background and appreciating the main color in the zone of greater thickness of the glass. By means of the color we perceive a series of data on the grape variety, state, its origin and age.
  6. Color intensity. When the color is intense, it means that the wine is rich in tannins, with body and extracts.
  7. Tone or hue. We must place the glass almost horizontally, on a white background, observing in the area of smaller thickness of the wine. It indicates the age of the wine and its degree of evolution.
  8. The amount of color (low, medium, high layer). Their abundance is not synonymous with gustatory quality. It indicates its method of elaboration, grape variety, maturity, etc.
  9. The amount of alcohol. If we shake the wine in the glass, we see tears forming on the walls of the glass. His consistency and shape of falling give us information about the amount of alcohol and glycerine, but this does not indicate in any case the quality of a wine.
  10. Sediments. Its presence causes a clouding and sometimes, an alteration of flavor. In the old reds, deposits of tannins can be found, because over time, the molecules of anthocyanins and tannins polymerize, increasing in size and precipitating. Another type of sediment is tartar, or tartrate crystals, produced by a sudden cooling of the wine that makes them precipitate, but that in no case influences negatively the quality of the wine. The sediments are not pleasant in the mouth, so to avoid them, just decant the wine correctly.

From Bodegas Veganzones we hope that these visual aspects to be taken into account when it comes to tasting a wine will help you when you are with a glass of both our red wines Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero and the white wines Denominación de Origen Rueda.

Source: Bodegas Veganzones 13 January 2017

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