Red Wine Noses by Grape

Wed, 06/22/2011 - 07:27 -- The-Wine-Man

Pinot Noir is rich with the scent of cherry, raspberry, and black pepper when young.  As it ages, it takes on a hint of mushroom, undergrowth and jam.

The dominant aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon are berries, spices such as vanilla and liquorice, preserved sweet pepper, and paprika.  With age, it's very open bouquet reveals a hint of black truffle.

Syrah is a very sharp and penetrating grape variety that expresses black olive, black pepper and wild blackberry aromas.  New World wines give off a hint of eucalyptus as well.

Grenache can be misleading, because it has a tendency towards rapid development, giving off complex hints of jam, prune, laurel, and scents of scrub when very young, but exhaling very subtle hints of spices and dried herbs as well at maturity.

Gamay is a light grape variety whose very intense berrylike character has accents of strawberry, cassis, and raspberry.  It can also remind one of fermenting must.

Nebbiolo is a virile grape variety with a strong identity, great strength and character.  It needs aging to confirm to hints of white truffle, spices, leather, mushrooms, cherries-in-eau-de-vie, moist earth and humid cellar.

In detail, the olfactory analysis can be divided into two parts, the first and second nose.  At the first nose, when leaving the wine immobile, the most vivid aromas appear.  At the second nose, when one gives the glass a turn of the wrist, the wine exhales its hidden scents.  The first nose phase reveals the development of the bouquet, its intensity, its persistency, the maturity of the fruit, the use of wood, and a general criterion of quality.  The second nose phase defines the families of aromas and each of its perfumes.