2016 Grapes in Review


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.






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