- March 05, 2019
Is this bottle of wine any good? Taste it using this guide and see for yourself. You are a good judge of wine you just don't know it!
When determining if a bottle of wine is of high-quality, it’s easy to base your conclusion on the price. However, the price is not the only factor when it comes to defining the quality of a wine. Unless you’re a wine expert, it’s going to be difficult for you to tell whether or not the quality of the wine you’re drinking is high or not.
However, there are several aspects that every high-quality wine should have that even non-experts should be able to identify. This article will discuss the important characteristics that set fine wines apart from lower-quality wines.
Mouthfeel refers to the sensations you feel in the mouth. Poor-quality wines tend to be watery and soft in the mouth while high-quality wines have a density to them at the midpalate and dryness at the finish. Regardless of whether the wine is light-bodied or full-bodied, good-quality wines should still have a strong texture that can be felt inside the mouth.
Quality wines aren’t always bold. There are great wines out there that are delicate. However, they must have finesse to be considered high-quality. This means that their textures and flavours should not be delivered at once but rather gradually emerge as the tasting experience progresses.
The rule of thumb is that the longer the impression of wine lingers in your mouth after you’ve swallowed it, the higher the quality of the wine. While poor-quality wines tend to have a short finish and little to no aftertaste, fine wines have a strong finish with astringency. Also, the flavours of quality wines will remain through the finish. Note that if there is a burning sensation in the mouth due to excessive alcohol content, the wine is almost certainly flawed.
The Layers of Complexity
Generic wines often have fruity, and spice notes whereas high-quality wines have interesting layers of notes such as spice, fruit, earth, and wood. You will experience different aromas every time you get a whiff of it. It doesn’t matter how many flavour notes a wine has, but in the end, all of the aromas and flavours need to work well as a whole. Good-quality wines will offer progressive flavours throughout the tasting experience while low-quality wines will be quite flat.
Balance is when one of the wine components - acidity, tannin, sweetness, texture, and alcohol - is not more prominent than the others. However, this is not necessarily a good thing. A lot of mass-market wines are balanced as they are easier in the winemaking process. For fine wines, balance refers to all components working together to bring out the qualities of each other. For example, the fruit should tone done the sourness of the acidity while the acidity should enhance the flavour of the fruit. In other words, balance in great wines means that all the components should work well together rather than keep each other at bay.
Unlike poor wines that usually have dull flavours, good-quality wines will have clear and strong flavours that you can immediately taste. That being said, some quality wines can be muted, and decanting is required before their full flavours can be delivered.
Mass-market wines are typically made for fast consumption, which means that most of them will not necessarily improve with age. Although fine wines can also be enjoyed when young, such as Sauvignon Blanc, they often require more time in the bottle for the components to work together. While it’s true that there is no set standard for how long wines should be kept in a bottle, most people wait around three years after the vintage date before opening their bottle.
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