The idea behind the Senses project comes from the experience gained over years of being in contact with those who passionately produce wine. Every producer states that their own wine is unique, and it’s the same for its characteristic Terroir.

Aromas the heart of a wine

If every wine is unique, what’s the point in further discussing the varietal-specifc glass? At Italesse, through the Senses project, we began to wonder what we could do to respect the unique characteristics of each wine and to appreciate their organoleptic properties. The answer came from the study of wine aromas and their structures to create extremely professional products that glorify the organoleptic properties.

Designing 
with aromas

While the study of aromas is the starting point for the new Italesse project, combining passion and technical excellence in tasting is its goal. So, when imagining, designing and creating their latest products, the team of Italesse Senses broke down the individual wines into aromas; testing the glasses, both with wine, and also directly with blackcurrant, raspberry and black pepper. This allowed them to make essential modifcations and micro-modifcations to the structure of the glasses, improving sensory perceptions.

The varietal stem glass
becomes the emotional
stem glass

By working directly with aromas and the wine’s organoleptic sensations the Italesse Senses team has not only allowed us to create glasses that are equally professional and exciting, but also to put an end to the idea of the varietal-specifc glass. In fact, it is no coincidence that the tests – which were approved by a special commission made up of producers, wine experts, and sommeliers – demonstrate that the Masterclass 90, which has a similar shape to glasses normally used for great red wines, can bring out the best in whites like Chardonnay in an incredible way.

Wine suitability indexes for use

Wine suitability indexes for varietals

Zinfandel
Tempranillo
Sangiovese
Nebbiolo
Grenache
Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Franc
Merlot
Pinot Nero
Moscato
Gewurztramiener
Riesling
Sauvignon
Pinot Bianco
Chenin Blanc
Chardonnay

The importance
of details

In designing professional glasses that respect the wine’s unique and organolpetic properties, has not only paid attention to aroma test results, but also to the various sections that make-up the architecture of the glass. This is important not only for the design, stability, and balance of the glass, but also for the impact that it may have on the sensory perception of the wine. For example, the shape and size of the cup are important because they infuence the glass’ ability to oxygenate the wine, while the rim conveys the organoleptic properties in the most balanced manner possible between nose and mouth.

The rim’s amplitude and the grade of the cup sides infuence the wine perception to the nose and palate, particularly on its intensity, elegance and freshness.

The cup width and its shape infuence the wine perception, particularly its complexity, structure, softness and elegance.

Let yourself be tempted by the sensory experience of the Senses project


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