[UPDATE: The file has been updated since August 2016]
I finally got some time to sit down and work on an enhanced version of the Rational Wine Note. The previous version was based on the WSET Level 3 SAT, which in my opinion is still sufficient for the layman.
I, however, have to move beyond that now.
In the exams I will have to wrote notes in full sentence structure. Until then, I plan to use the Level 4 note to internalise the structure of the SAT.
You will notice some key differences when comparing the two. No longer is it enough to just state a quality level – it will now have to be backed up with relevant and congruent information gleaned from tasting the wine.
Over the past two years I have added less relevant, secondary information like possible food matches and personal opinions comparing to other wines. This may be interesting for the typical consumer to read, and I don’t plan to completely eliminate this from my blog, but the Level 4 note reflects the need to avoid such extra padding and focussing on the essentials instead.
Another difference is that the 4.0 note neatly fits onto one landscape page, whereas the previous version was on two separate pages (although I did suggest going into your printer settings so that you could have both pages printed on one sheet of paper).
If you are also studying the WSET Diploma, or just want to stretch yourself as a more discerning wine aficionado, feel free to download a copy of the notes here. The main page will be updated soon, so feel free to share with your friends.
As ever, I don’t claim to own anything that the WSET produces, and that includes their wonderfully detailed SAT. I have just made this as a study aid and a quick and efficient way to break down wines in a rational manner.
Read more: A Rational Approach to Wine Tasting