Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download your free printable wine tasting sheets.
Use this scorecard template to rate your wine. It is very handy to use in wine tastings at wineries, a blind taste testing, trying a new bottle of wine, or enjoying a glass of wine at dinner. This sheet is helpful to keep track of the tasting notes, mouthfeel, finish and overall quality of the wine you are tasting.
It is important to know that just because you rate a wine a certain score, doesn’t mean someone else will feel the same. It is also very important to remember that your tastes will change as your experience with wine grows and matures. A beginner wine drinker may like totally different wines from when they start out their journey compared to what they enjoy the most several years later. Keep track of these scores to see if your tastes have changed or if you still enjoy the same wines!
It is also fun to compare your notes with the people you are with to see if you experience the same notes and have the same impression of the wine. Remember to print out multiple sheets for your friends and family that you will be with so everyone can attempt to rate the wines you are enjoying together.
Our goal at Vino Critic is not to rate wines for our readers, but to teach wine lovers how to rate and review wines for themselves! We hope you find this sheet helpful!
Wine Scoring Sheet Overview
|Wine Details||Producer/Brand, Wine’s Full Name, Region of Origin, Grape Variety(ies), Price, ABV%.|
|Appearance||No off colors. Can be an indication of the wine’s age. Clear all the way to cloudy with off colors.|
|Fragrance & Taste||Smell, aromas & all those flavors we perceive by smelling them in our mouths.|
|Mouthfeel||Textural impressions of the wine in your mouth – sweetness, sourness, & bitterness, acidity, tannins/astringency. the bite, prickliness, roughness, smoothness, & richness.|
|Finish||How long the aftertaste lasts in your mouth. Positive or negative flavors.|
|Overall Quality||Overall impression of the wine. Try to describe the thing you like best about the wine, or what is the most memorable part of the wine. The combination of the 4 categories should guide the overall impression.|
Directions & Advice On How To Rate Wine
- Start with a perfect 100 score and work your way down by half-point increments. You will find this is easier to do than starting from 0 and working your way upwards. Assume that a wine is perfect in each category and work down in half-point. (.5) increments, rather than starting with zero and working up.
- The appearance of wine is rarely wrong with modern technology. However, as wine ages it will change colors. That can be fun to try and guess if you don’t know the age of the wine in a blind tasting. Red wines start to turn lighter in color and white wines start to turn darker or brownish in color as it gets older. Nothing is wrong with those wines, so do not assume those won’t taste fantastic because the color is unexpected.
- If a wine has sediment in the bottle, that is not a bad thing!
- Remember aromas and flavors are essentially the same thing. Taste is the sense inside your mouth and on your tongue. You sense sweet, sour, salty, bitter. You can also feel things in your mouth, like the texture or “body” AKA “mouthfeel”. Aroma is the sense of smell in your nose. This is where you get the distinct odors or fragrances of the wine like cherries, leather, tobacco, peach, etc. Combining taste & aroma will give you the flavor!
- When trying to find the fragrance notes, try to not only identify the primary flavor but also the tertiary aromas. These are often earthy or have other characteristics like vanilla, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, leather, dried fruit & nutty flavors. See the back of the sheet for a complete list.
- When rating the smell of the wine, does it have a distinct style or does it just smell like plain grape juice? Would you describe it as ordinary or unexpectedly pleasant?
- If the wine has any hint of vinegar, it is more than likely corked.
- While rating the sweetness of the wine, dry wines should be dry and sweet wines should be sweet. However, make sure you aren’t mistaking the fragrance of the wine as having too much sugary residue. Often you can be tricked into thinking a fruit forward wine is sweet, when that is actually just the fragrance of the wine.
- To determine the overall quality, think about all of the characteristics put together. Would you purchase the wine again? Would you store it in your cellar?
- The most important thing to remember is that you are the judge and have the most important opinion. Just because another person, website, or sommelier rated a wine poorly does not mean that your score has to be low as well. The same goes for high scores. Just because someone else rates a wine high, doesn’t guarantee you will like it more than other wines.