Aroma and Tasting Guide: Whites

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by Courtney Cochran

Grape Variety

Common Aromas

Common Flavors

Sauvignon Blanc

Pale yellow with green tinge

Citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, lime  

Greenness: freshly cut grass, honeysuckle, rainforest *FRESH*

Minerality: slate, wet pavement

Citrus fruits: grapefruit, lemon, lime

Greenness: tomato, herbs

Also:   mineral, smoke (if oaked), sometimes melon and passion fruit

Riesling

Very pale yellow, nearly translucent

 

Citrus fruits: candied lemon

Stone fruits: apricot, peach

Tropical fruits: banana, pineapple

Also: mineral, slate, petrol, melon

Citrus fruits: candied lemon

Stone fruits: apricot, peach

Tropical fruits: banana, pineapple

Also: mineral, melon, honey

Chardonnay

Medium straw

 

Pome fruits: apple (green or red)

Tropical fruits: banana, pineapple

Also: vanilla, butter, cream, baking spices, lemon or lime, toast, oak

Pome fruits: apple (green or red)

Tropical fruits: banana, pineapple

Also: vanilla, butter, cream, baking spices, citrus fruit, toast

Gewurztraminer

Golden peach

 

Pome fruits: quince, pear

Stone fruits: apricot, peach

Also: rose water, lychee, spice, rose, flowers, melon, lemon rind

Pome fruits: quince, pear

Stone fruits: apricot, peach

Also: lychee, spice, honey, baking spices, melon

Viognier

Deep gold

Stone fruits: white peach, apricot

Also: flower blossoms, baking spices, caramel, cream, toast

Stone fruits: white peach, apricot

Also: baking spices, caramel, cream, toast

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