Wine Aroma Wheel

Describing the different flavors that are smelled or tasted while enjoying wine can be a daunting process.  I have found that the Wine Aroma Wheel, by Ann Noble, helps break them down into categories that are manageable.  I have found this wheel very helpful during many tastings.

To order a laminated version of this wheel, visit the Wine Aroma Wheel’s website:

http://winearomawheel.com/

Aroma-wheel

FRUITY

Citrus: Grapefruit, Lemon

Berry: Blackberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Red Currant (Cassis)

(Tree) Fruit: Cherry, Apricot, Peach, Apple

(Tropical) Fruit: Pineapple, Melon, Banana

Dried Fruit: Strawberry Jam, Raisin, Prune, Fig

Other: Artificial Fruit, Methyl Anthranilate

HERBACEOUS OR VEGETATIVE

Fresh: Cut Green Grass, Bell Pepper, Eucalyptus, Mint

Canned/Cooked: Green Beans, Asparagus, Green Olive, Black Olive, Artichoke

Dried: Hay/Straw, Tea, Tobacco

NUTTY

Nutty: Walnut, Hazelnut, Almond

CARAMEL

Caramel: Honey, Butterscotch, Diacetyl (Butter), Soy Sauce, Chocolate, Molasses

WOODY

Resinous: Vanilla, Cedar, Oak

Phenolic: Medicinal, Phenolic, Bacon

Burned: Smokey, Burnt Toast, Coffee

EARTHY

Earthy: Mushroom, Dusty

Moldy: Moldy, Moldy Cork

CHEMICAL

Petroleum: Diesel, Kerosene, Plastic, Tar

Sulfur: Wet Wool, Wet Dog, Sulfur Dioxide, Burnt Match, Cabbage, Skunk, Garlic, Natural Gas, Mercaptan, Hydrogen Sulfide, Rubbery

Pungent: Sulfur Dioxide, Ethanol, Acetic Acid, Ethyl Acetate

PUNGENT

Cool: Menthol

Hot:  Alcohol

OXIDIZED

Oxidized: Sherry

MICROBIOLOGICAL

Yeasty: Baker’s Yeast, Leesy

Lactic: Yogurt, Sweaty, Sauerkraut

Other: Mousey, Horsey

SPICY

Spicy: Licorice Anise, Black Pepper, Cloves

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