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April 2005
Updated May 2012

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles / Wine

The Aromas & Flavors of Wine

Page 2: Wine Aroma & Flavor Terms ~ A To F

Some people consider the terms used to describe wine to be amusing or even pretentious, but different grapes, soil and production techniques combine to create the aroma and/or flavor of bacon and cabbage, as well as sweeter scents of melon, roses and peaches. This wine aroma chart is Page 2 of a six-page article on wine tasting. Click on the black links below to visit other pages.

 

Aroma Category Wine Descriptors
Animal
  • Bacon
  • Barnyard
  • Leather
  • Musk
   
Caramel
  • Butter
  • Butterscotch
  • Chocolate
  • Cream
  • Molasses
  • Soy Sauce
   
Chemical
  • Acid
  • Cabbage
  • Diesel
  • Grain Alcohol/Ethanol
  • Kerosene
  • Rubber
  • Skunky
  • Tar
   
Earthy
  • Dusty
  • Earth/Damp Earth
  • Mildew*
  • Moldy*
   
Floral
  • Geranium
  • Honeysuckle
  • Orange Blossom
  • Rose
  • Violet
   
Fruit
  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blackcurrant/Cassis
  • Black Fruit
  • Black Cherry
  • Bilberry
  • Candied Fruit
  • Cherry
  • Citrus
  • Concord Grape
  • Coconut
  • Fig
  • Grapefruit
  • Jam
  • Lemon
  • Lychee
  • Melon
  • Muscat
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Prune
  • Quince
  • Raspberry
  • Raisin
  • Redcurrant
  • Red Fruit
  • Strawberry
  • Tropical Fruit
  • Wild Berry
   
Grilled/Toasted
  • Coffee
  • Grilled Meat
  • Roasted
  • Smokey
  • Toast
   

*Indicates a flawed wine

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