The past year, I investigated many different grape varietals, so here is the year of the grape in review.
Merlot: A red skinned grape that originated in the Bordeaux region of France. Common flavors/aromas: Plum, Chocolate, Cherry, Blackberry, Strawberry, Current, Vanilla, Clove, Tobacco, Cedar.
Zweigelt: An Austrian grape that is also grown in Croatia, New York State, and California. Common flavors/aromas: Cherry, Raspberry.
Carménère: A red grape that is most commonly grown in Chile, but was originally from France. Common flavors/aromas: Raspberry, Cherry, Green Pepper, Smoke, Earth
Pinot: Pinot Noir is the red varietal, and Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are mutations of the red grape.
Sémillon: A popular white grape from the Bordeaux region of France and commonly used in dessert wines. Common flavors/aromas: Lemon, Apple, Peach, and Oak flavors.
Chenin Blanc: A white French grape from the Loire Valley. Common flavors/aromas: Apple, Pineapple, Nectarine, Honey.
Torrontés: The most popular white grape from Argentina. Common flavors/aromas: Lemon, Peach, Rose Petals, White Flowers.
Grenache: Originally from Spain where it is called Garnacha, this grape is now very prevalent in France. Common flavors/aromas: Strawberries, Raspberries, Cinnamon, Black Pepper.
Touriga Nacional: A red grape almost exclusively grown in Portugal. Common flavors/aromas: Berries, Violets, Vanilla, Mint.
Gamay: The main grape from the Beaujolais Region in France. Common flavors/aromas: Raspberry, Cherry, Currants, Earthy, Floral notes.
Cabernet: Cabernet Franc, a French red grape, is one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon. Common flavors/aromas of Cabernet Franc: Strawberry, Bell peppers, Violet, Licorice. Similarly, common flavors/aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon: Cherry, Currant, Bell pepper, Mint.