Red Wine Descriptions

 

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST COMMON RED WINES

  

Cabernet Sauvignon
{CAB-er-nay SO-vin-nyon}
Medium-bodied: Ruby colored wine with berry aromas and a round finish.
Full-bodied: Dark, rich garnet color with jam & oak aromas & full, dry finish.
Also look for these flavors: blackberry, currant (cassis), bell pepper, eucalyptus, mint, black olive, green olive, earth, mushroom, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, plum, cedar, tobacco, licorice, graphite (pencil).

  

Merlot
{mer-LOW}
Black cherry aromas & flavors; medium-body & soft tannins on the finish.
A softer version of Cabernet.  

 

Pinot Noir
{PEA-know-nwahr}
(It’s the grape used for all red French Burgundies)
Medium-bodied with a hint of earthy aromas balanced by fruit flavors and a silky finish.
Also look for: Raspberry, strawberry, cherry, prune, plum, pomegranate, coffee, spice, coriander, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, earth, smoke, mushroom, “barnyard”, caramel, allspice, violets, lavendar, jasmine, cocoa, sausage, citrus, soy, teriyaki.

  

Zinfandel
{ZIN-fan-del}
Bright ruby color; spicy aromas & flavors; it’s dry & medium to full-bodied.
Also look for: Blackberry, raspberry, jam, cherry, port, plum, chocolate, olive, bell pepper, cloves, black pepper, spice.

  

Beaujolais
{BO-zho-lay}
(or Beaujolais-Villages, Gamay Beaujolais}
Purplish color with grapey aromas and flavors; light to medium-bodied.
Also look for: Raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, clovbes, rose petal, jasmine, violets, cranberry, mineral.

  

Chianti
{key-ON-tea}
Dry, full-bodied, hint of spice and oak on the nose, velvety finish.
Also look for: cherry, cinnamon, herbs, dried flowers, pepper, coffee.

  

Sangiovese
{san-gee-oh-VAY-see}
Superb Italian red wine, medium to full-bodied with spice, raspberry, cherry and anise flavors.
Also look for: cinnamon, vanilla, herbs, tar, dried flowers, truffle, smoke, pepper, coffee, chamomile, rose petal.

  

Syrah
{sir-RAH}
Smooth, supple texture with pepper, spice and black cherry flavors.
Also look for: dark fruit, pepper, cinnamon, anise, prune, oak, soy, chocolate, smoke, toast, violets.

  

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White Wine Descriptions

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE MOST COMMON WHITE WINES

Chardonnay
{SHAR-doe-nay}
(Macon-Villages, Pouilly-Fuisse and French Chablis are all Chardonnay’s)
Light-bodied: Pale yellow with a fragrant nose; dry and flavorful.
Medium-bodied: Lemon-yellow with a richly scented bouquet; dry and mouthfilling.
Full-bodied: Straw yellow color, hints of oak and vanilla on the nose; dry and full lingering taste.
Also look for these flavors: lemon, lime, grapfruit, nectarine, pear, apple, pineapple, guava, melon, banana, smoke, steel, cream, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, toast, chalk, yeast, mint, coconut, anise, mineral.

 

Sauvignon Blanc
{SO-vin-nyon blohnc}
(same grape as Fume Blanc and Pouilly Fume)
Pale yellow color with greenish hues and apple-like aromas. It has a light, dry, crisp finish.
Also look for: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, melon, apple, grass, hay, straw, bell pepper, alfalfa, asparagus, green olive, artichoke, stems, honey, smoke, apricot, mint, menthol, wet wool, kitty litter, mineral, flint, under arm.

 

Pinot Grigio
{PEA-know GREE-zhee-oh}
(also known as Pinot Gris)
Mildly perfumed light-bodied wine that’s dry, crisp and refreshing.

 

Chenin Blanc
{SHEN-in blohnc}
Pale gold color, fruit aromas, fresh melon flavors with a medium-dry finish.
Also look for: Red apple, peach, pineapple, guava, chalk, lemon, vanilla, cream, chamomile.

 

Riesling
{REEZ-zling}
Citrus fruit aromas, pale yellow gold color with a hint of sweetness balanced by a crisp finish.
Also look for: apricot, peach, nectarine, green apple, honeysuckle, geranium, rose, licorice, petrol, asphalt, smoke, cream, earth, flint, slate.

 

Gewurztraminer
{ga-VURTZ-trom-in-er}
Aromatic floral nose, delicate straw yellow color and a clean, spicy finish.
Also look for: apple, pear, cloves, cinnamon, honeysuckle, geranium, pepper, orange, earth, anise, smoke, sauerkraut, pine, nutmeg, mace.