Determining the flavor profile of a red wine can be quite a difficult task due to the many different factors that come into play, including the type of grapes used, winemaking process, ageing vessels, and the vineyard’s terroir.
So many things can impact how a red wine tastes, it’s hard to come up with a wine flavor profile that’s true for each variety. For instance, despite the fact that they are made from the same grape, a Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California will always taste very different from a Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina. So, while they are both Cabernet Sauvignon wines, they will have completely different wine flavor profiles.
However, we do have some very good news! According to certified sommelier, wine expert, and creator of Wine Folly, Madeline Puckette, there are some characteristics that you can consistently look for in a red wine to determine its flavor profile. Keep reading to learn what they are and impress your friends with your newfound red wine knowledge!