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Varietal Flavor Profiles

White Wine Varietals

 

Chardonnay (shar-don-nay)

  • lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, nectarine, pear, apple, pineapple, guava, melon, banana, smoke, steel, vanilla, cream, butter, butterscotch, toast, chalk, yeast, coconut, mint, mineral

Chenin Blanc (she-nen-blahnk)

  • red apple, peach, pineapple, guava, chalk, lemon, vanilla, cream, apple blossom, chamomile, melon

Gewuztraminer (gah-vertz-trah-me-ner)

  • Apple, pear, clove, cinnamon, honeysuckle, geranium, pepper, orange, earth, anise, smoke, sauerkraut, pine nutmeg, mace

Muscat (mos-kaht)

  • apricot, lychee, almond, earth, tangerine, golden raison, pepper (light), toffee, lemon, orange, grape, spice

Riesling (rees-ling)

  • apricot, peach, nectarine, green apple, honeysuckle, geranium, rose, licorice, petrol, asphalt, smoke, cream, earth, flint, ‘slate’

Sauvignon Blanc (soh-veen-yohn-blahnk)

  • grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, apple, cut grass, hay, straw, alfalfa, bell pepper, asparagus, green olive, artichoke, ‘stemmy’, honey, smoke, apricot (in sweet styles also pear & peach), mint, menthol, wet wool, ‘catty’, mineral, flint, gooseberry

Semillon (say-mee-yohn)

  • peach, pear,melon, fig, cream, honey, cinnamon, lanolin, vanilla, apricot (in sweeter styles), floral, beeswax

 

Red Wine Varietals

 

Cabernet Sauvignon (cab-er-nay soh-veen-yohn)

  • blackberry, black raspberry, black current, bell pepper, eucalyptus, mint, black olive, green olive, earth, mushroom, chocolate, cocoa, molasses, smoke, plum, cedar, tobacco, licorice, graphite (pencil)

Gamay (gah-may)

  • raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, clove, rose, jasmine, violets, cranberry, mineral (in cru Beaujolais)

Grenache (greh-nash)

  • grape, jam, berries, cinnamon,prune, tea, soy, pepper, violets, rose

Merlot (merh-loh)

  • similar to Cabarnet Sauvignon but softer and rounder; when very ripe there is a focus on herbal and “green” flavors

Nebbiolo (nebby-o-low)

  • cherries, raspberries, rose, anise, cranberry, rose, leather, mineral

Pinot Noir (pee-noh-nwahr)

  • cherry, raspberry, strawberry, prune, plum, pomegranate, coffee, spice, coriander, ginger, clove, cinnamon, earth, smoke, mushroom, caramel, allspice, violets, lavender, jasmine, cocoa, sausage, citrus, ‘farm yard’

Sangiovese (san-gee-oh-vay-see)

  • cherry, raspberry, red plum, blackberry, cinnamon, dried flowers, vanilla, pepper, truffle, smoke, chamomile, rose, tar, coffee, anise

Syrah (see-rah) / Shiraz (Shi-raz)

  • blackberry, black currant, black raspberry, plum, pepper, cinnamon, anise, prune, oak, soy, chocolate, smoke, sausage, toast, violets

Zinfandel (zin-fan-del)

  • blackberry, raspberry, jam, pepper, cherries, ports, plum, chocolate, olives, bell peppers, cloves, black pepper, spice

 

 

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