To help you understand how the tasting star works, OregonWines.com has developed this short tutorial, which explains what the star shows, as well as why it has been organized the way it is. We invite you to have a quick read of this tutorial, so you can learn how to interpret each tasting star for the wines listed in our tasting notes section.
1. The Eight Spokes of the Tasting Star
The tasting star is arranged with eight “spokes”. Each spoke represents a different quality of the wine, which we call “flavor factors”. Every wine has a slightly different combination of these qualities, based on how the wine was produced, fermented, aged, and bottled. The eight factors are:
- Sweetness – the amount of residual sugar in a wine.
- Acidity – the amount of citric, malic, and tartaric acids in a wine.
- Tannins – the amount of phenolic compounds in the wine.
- Oak – the influence of the oak barrels used to age the wine.
- Finish – the length and quality of a wine’s aftertaste.
- Complexity – the wine’s overall flavor complexity.
- Body – the intensity and richness of the wine.
- Balance – how all of the seven preceding factors balance out.