What does wine smell like?

At their tastings, a picture with a glass is often used in the presentation for each variety, into which the kind German colleagues from the site faberpartner.de stuffed “everything that was in the refrigerator” (everything that characterizes a particular grape variety).

Pictures are not a panacea. Just a handy cheat sheet to peek at. Where is the cigar in Tempranillo and the undergrowth in Pinot Noir – these are good questions, but they are addressed to nowhere.

But as a starting point – great infographics.

And, perhaps, the main question …

No, all this was not added to the wine like to a pan with mulled wine. Various aromas appear during fermentation, yeast fermentation, maturation of wine in a barrel / vat / bottle, etc. Just a set of chemical compounds that are found, for example, in currant leaves and in fermented Cabernet juice.

In all of us, the brain encodes these compounds in different ways, so for some currants, some with tomato tops, and some with grandma’s bucket, rocker, etc.

And if someone says that this wine smells differently from what you thought, then he is an arrogant snob and interferes with getting high. There are no wrongs, remember!

Keep, keep, sniff 😀

Red varieties

Red and black currant, green pepper, vanilla pod, tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee, bacon

Barbera fragrances

Banana, blackberry, strawberry, peanut, blueberry, raspberry, chestnut, tree bark, sage, porcini mushrooms, licorice, cedar, pepper, vanilla

Malbec flavors

Blackberry, plum, laurel, juniper, dark chocolate, tobacco, green grass, cloves

Syrah flavors

Blueberries, blackberries, mint, cranberries, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dark chocolate, bacon, toast, cedar

Tempranillo aromas

Plum, banana, dried figs, dates, orange peel, juniper, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, cocoa, grilled bread, gingerbread

Nebbiolo fragrances

Prunes, plums, cherries, dried figs, blackberries, almonds, raspberries, orange, withered rose, hay, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, juniper, anise, black pepper, caramel, leather

Carmenere fragrances

Cherry, blueberry, black currant, plum, black pepper, leather, chocolate, cinnamon, green bell pepper, raspberry, pomegranate

Garnacha fragrances

Cherries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, sandalwood, fennel, rose petals, violets, anise (star anise), vanilla, black pepper, toast, smoked ham

Pinotage fragrances

Blackberries, black currants, banana, cherries, blueberries, paprika, rosemary, cloves, juniper, black pepper, bay leaf, anise (star anise), coffee, tobacco

Zinfandel fragrances
Cherries, blackberries, figs, raspberries, plums, raisins, vanilla, orange peel, cloves, tobacco, pepper, tree bark, cinnamon

White varieties

Viognier fragrances

Pear, peach, hazelnut, apple, lychee, violet, rose (dry), cardamom, licorice

Gewurztraminer fragrances

Grapefruit (peel), pear, fig (dried), apricot, lychee, rose, mint, cinnamon, cloves

Muscat Ottonel flavors

Apple, pear, grapefruit (peel), kumquat (citrus), orange (zest), tangerine, almond, peach, passionfruit, quince, rose (white), lemon grass, pistachio, caramel (roasted)

Riesling flavors

Apple, lemon, apricot, peach, mirabelle (yellow plum), pineapple, pear, lime, chamomile, slate, flint

Sauvignon Blanc flavors

Grapefruit, gooseberry, bell pepper (green), currant (black), grass

Chardonnay fragrances

Pineapple, apricot, melon, vanilla, toast, butter, caramel

Chenin Blanc fragrances

Orange (probably a hybrid of mandarin and pomelo), walnut, apple, apricot, pear, lemon balm, ginger, cinnamon, curry, cloves, dried oyster shells

Semillon aromas of wine

Pineapple, lemon, apricot, orange peel, mint, mushrooms, ginger, gingerbread, dark chocolate, caramel (roasted nuts)

Pinot Grigio aromas

Banana, melon, apricot, hazelnuts, honey, caramel

Guys, and most importantly, don’t worry. We ourselves cannot identify and associate a good half of the aromas with wine. But this is not at all scary, because we are all just learning 💃

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