Tasting wine can be as simple or complicated as you like.
I like to start with a simple rating system such as 1-5 stars. Then if I'm feeling up to it, I'll expand into something more complicated like the section below.

Sight

What does the wine look like? Let's focus on the depth, hue, and clarity.

  1. Color Depth:
    • watery
    • light
    • medium
    • deep
    • dark

  2. Color Hue:
  3. White: Red: Rose:

    greenish

    yellow

    straw yellow

    gold

    amber

    purple

    ruby

    red

    redish-orange

    brown

    pink

    salmon

    orange

    copper

  4. Clarity:
    • clear
    • sight haze
    • cloudy

Smell

  1. Clean:
    • yes
    • no
  2. Intensity:
    • low
    • medium
    • powerful
  3. Maturity:
    • young
    • some age
    • aged
  4. List Aromas:
  5. floral

    citrus

    stone fruit

    herbaceous or bell pepper

    aromatic

    buttery

    grassy

    berries or dark fruit

    spicy

    earthy

    complex

    aged

    oak

Taste

  1. Dry / Sweet:
    • extremely dry
    • dry
    • off dry
    • medium sweet
    • sweet
    • very sweet
  2. Body:
    • very light
    • light
    • medium
    • medium-full
    • full-bodied
    • heavy or thick
  3. Acid Level:
    • tart
    • crisp
    • smooth
    • none
  4. Tannins (if any):
    • Level - low, medium, or high
    • Type - soft, round, dry, or abrasive
  5. Balance:
    • good
    • okay
    • unbalanced
    • If unbalanced, why? Too much alcohol, acid, tannin, and/or sugar?

  6. Flavors:
  7. jammy

    citrus

    stone fruit

    herbaceous or bell pepper

    creamy

    buttery

    chocolate

    berries or dark fruit

    spicy

    earthy

    complex

    aged

    oak

    and more!

  8. Finish:
    • short/none
    • medium
    • long
    • very long