Just One Look - The Colors of Wine - Page 2
There are other visual factors to consider, too. The older a wine becomes the more gradation there will be from the center of the wine toward the rim of the wine – hold the wine at a 45 degree angle in front of a white surface to best examine this phenomenon. Once you take this factor to heart, if someone hands you what they say is a 50-year old Pauillac and it is one solid color from the core of the wine to the rim of the wine, you can call them a liar. Also, a slight ‘spritz’ in a still wine can indicate excess carbon dioxide, usually due to an early bottling, which is not considered a fault. Finally, ‘legs’ or ‘tears’ can be meaningful in assessing the relative sweetness or alcohol level of a wine, but in no way at all indicate the quality level of a wine…and you can take that fact to your next dinner party.
Just think about all that we’ve learned on how to evaluate a wine, and we haven’t even smelled it yet!