Wine Characteristics by Varietal

By American Wine Appassionata September 07, 2016

Wine Characteristics by Varietal

Characteristics of Red Wine by Varietal:

Cabernet Franc

Medium body, red fruits, raspberries, violets, soft tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Medium to heavy body, black fruits, cherry, berry, cassis, plum, currant, herbs, mint, eucalyptus, anise, olive, tobacco, leather, green pepper, coffee, chocolate, soft to powerful tannins.

Merlot

Medium to heavy body, red and black fruits, berry, plum, herbs, chocolate, mocha, coffee, soft to powerful tannins.

Pinot Noir

Light to medium body, strawberry, cherry, violets, roses, cola, earth, leather, tobacco, soft to medium tannins.

Syrah

Heavy body, rose, tar, black fruit, currant, berry, cherry, plum, pepper, espresso, cedar, smoke, bacon, vanilla, black pepper, white pepper, medium tannins.

Zinfandel

Medium to heavy body, black fruit, cherry, berry, plum, currant, raisin, black pepper, exotic spices, prune, light tannins.

 

Characteristics of White Wine by Varietal:

Chardonnay

Butterscotch, nuttiness, oaky. If aged in stainless steel: crisp, fresh, tart.

Pinto Grigio/Pinot Gris

Light body, pear, apple, lemon, mineral.

Sauvignon Blanc

Light body, grapefruit, fig, lemon, melon. If un-oaked: grass, herbs, if oaked: spice, vanilla, smoke, musk, nuttiness.

Viognier

Light to medium body, peach, apricot, honeysuckle, orange blossom, spice, nuttiness, musk.




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