DESCRIPTIONS OF WINE VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon -
Rich, full-bodied grape, leathery on the nose, intense blackberry
Gamay - The Beaujolais grape
produces light wines of strawberry and cherry character.
Grenache - Fruit forward,
medium-bodied, violet on the nose. used in most Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Merlot - Bright nose, soft style
on the palate, hints of bing cherry. Blended in many Bordeaux wines.
Pinot Noir - Medium bodied, earthy
quality. Some tobacco and must to the aroma. Good acidity, velvety
fruit and hints of truffles on the palate. The predominant grape of
the Burgundy region.
Sangiovese - This grape produces
light, easy drinking wine, perfect for food. It is the predominant
grape used in Italy’s Chianti region.
Syrah/Shiraz - A very versatile
grape. Sandalwood and cloves on the nose, black pepper on the palate.
Medium bodied with lots of raspberry and black cherry notes.
Tempranillo - A Spanish grape
producing light to medium bodied wines. Often blended, it has a rich
nose with brown sugar and rusty elements. Good acidity makes it a
light food wine.
Zinfandel - California’s
“National Grape”. A rich, full-bodied and complex wine. Aromas of
coffee, black licorice, and leather. On the palate, ripe boysenberry,
strawberry and raspberry tones.
Chardonnay - The most common white
varietal. Creamy, buttery, fruit forward. Each country has their own
style, some rich and toasty, some light with tropical fruit notes.
Chenin Blanc - Often used in
blending. A nutty, honey aroma. Soft subtle fruit on the palate.
Gewürztraminer - Original German,
this sweeter style grape offers a nose of pineapple and cloves. A
powerful fruit forward taste with lots of spice and hints of toffee.
Muscat - This grape produces a
sweet floral wine. Often made in dessert style form. Hints of rose
petals and pear.
Riesling - Another grape of German
origin, this sweet grape offers tastes of green apple and honeydew
Sauvignon Blanc - A light grape
done particularly well by the New Zealanders. Fresh herbaceous notes,
with hints of fresh cut grass and asparagus. Distinctive gooseberries,
elderflower on the palate.
Sémillon - A very light grape
often used in blending. Citrus on the nose, peach and lychee on the
Viognier - French in origin, this
light and refreshing grape has been used in blending as well. On
it’s own it offers soft apricot aromas. Subtle tropical fruit notes
on the palate.