Terry Theise’s Wine Tasting Framework

The Nine Aspects Of Flavor That Matter

according to Terry Theise, wine importer and writer

Clarity

“For me it is the first of first principles. Flavor should be clear.”

Distinctiveness

Taste-of-place, terroir. A firm link to something more general. The more specific the link, the more distinct the wine. This wine tastes like an Oregon pinot / tastes like a Dundee Hills pinot / tastes like a Maresh Vineyard pinot / tastes like a Maresh Vineyard pinot from 2016. “Anything can taste like everything, and too often does, and bores the crap out of me.”

Grace

“Grace is rather a form of tact, a kindness; it rejects coarseness…”

Balance

“…simply the palpable sense that no single component appears garish or inappropriate…”

Deliciousness

“A wine can meet every other criterion for success and yet not taste good.”

Complexity

Theise calls out three categories of complexity, they are

  • Explicit complexity
  • Implicit complexity
  • A haunting sense of something being shown to us

Modesty

Wines that seek to be companions rather than dominating. Seemingly a close cousin to balance… it’s difficult for me to imagine an unbalanced wine that’s also modest, or a modest wine that is nonetheless unbalanced.

Persistence

“The best wines are the ones that whisper persistently.”

Paradox

“I can scarcely recall a great wine that didn’t in some sense amaze me, that didn’t make my palate feel as if it were whipsawed between things that hardly ever travel together.”

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Jon Oropeza

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Software engineer and team leader by experience, startup and business nerd by nature. PDX. https://jonoropeza.com