How to read tasting notes (by Decanter.com)

Posted: January 17, 2013 by wynmaker in Tasting, Wine, World wine news
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Examples of wine tasting notes and how to read them

Dry white wines

Meursault 1998 Louis Latour
Clean, limpid medium yellow with a hint of green, quite rich, a really lovely colour. Touch of new wood on the nose, ripe melony fruit, slightly exotic, stylish and very expressive. Fine, floral, honeysuckle fruit on the palate, with hazelnut overtones, rich and quite buttery, yet good lemony acidity, very elegant but still young. Very good balance, oak and fruit well blended in, an excellent example of grape variety dominated by terroir, great persistence, very good future
•limpid – literally transparent, like clear water, while retaining its colour
•rich – showing ripeness and viscosity, usually from the legs or “tears” that form on the sides of the glass than from depth of colour
•new wood – the vanilla-vanillin aroma of new oak, whether French or American
•melony -signifies ripe, slightly exotic fruit, usually referring to Chardonnay. More exotic fruits could be pineapple, guava
•expressive – expressive of either its grape variety, terroir or both. Stylish + expressive would be a finely turned out wine with character
•floral usual on the nose, but on the palate means the blend of florality and flavour
•honeysuckle/hazelnut – typical expressions of a the Chardonnay grown in Meursault, rounded and attractive
•buttery – the impression of ripeness with a certain fleshiness, often the result of barrel fermentation or barrel ageing

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