When is the first point in the process when you can 'taste' the wine?

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When is the first step in the process when it would be a good time to get a taste to be able to determine the quality of the batch. I know it needs to age a lot.
Well, if you've added oak to the primary I'd taste it when going to the secondary so that you'll know or have an idea as to when to rack off the oak.
Otherwise, you can taste anywhere along in the process. IMHO you won't know the quality of the batch until it's had time to mature like in a year or so.
I taste mine at every step. Not like a glass of it but maybe a tablespoon full. I feel it helps me evaluate the wine as it progresses and if any changes need made either now or on future recipes.

Smurfe :)
Every step I'm grabbing a sample for my hydrometer. It'd be a shame to throw that down the drain. It's kinda cool to taste the wine as it goes from super sweet grape juice to finished wine.
I take hydrometer readings and taste during the later part of secondary fermetation. I've never sweetened a wine yet. The gooseberry wine I'm making (0G 1.102) will have a high %alcohol if fermented to dryness, so I'm going to try and stop it early for a semi-sweet wine. When tasting, the sweetness is countered by tartness and astringency that might mellow after aging. Is there a SG range that would be a good target for a semi-sweet/semi-dry fruit wine?
I like being surprised :D

So I only taste at the first real racking (so not from primary to secondary).
And then I taste when I am going to bottle.

I always presume that if I made the calculations right, and there are no visible deseases in the wine it will turn out fine.

The only time I lost 2 batches was last year when I went on a holliday and the
summer turned out really hot. Above 32 degrees celsius for several days on a row.
When I returnmed from holliday I ended up with 2 10-liter batches that turned into
syrup with a bit of alcohol. I dumped them.