Cards of Wine

Red Wine Flavors


Red Berries

Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Redcurrant
Redcurrant
Cranberry
Cranberry

Strawberry and Raspberry flavors are often found in fruit-forward red wines with medium to high acidity, like in French Pinot Noir and Gamay, Italian Barbera and Chianti, and Spanish Tempranillo.


Cherries

Red Cherry
Red Cherry
Black Cherry
Black Cherry

The flavors of Cherries can span from red to black, from freshness to sweetness.

Red Cherry flavors can be found in French Beaujolais, in North Italian wines like Barbera, Bardolino and Valpolicella, in Sangiovese wines like Chianti and Brunello, and in Nebbiolo wines like Barolo and Barbaresco.

Red Cherry aromas is typical for ripe Pinot Noir. Black Cherries are found in mature Pinot Noir.

Black Cherry notes are typically found in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.


Plums

Plum
Red Plum
Plum
Black Plum
Prunes
Prunes

The flavors of Plums can span from red to black, from freshness to sweetness to Prunes.

Red Plum flavors are typically found in easy-drinking red wines like Barbera, Pinot Noir, and Merlot.

Black Plum flavors are found in full bodied red wines like Cabernet Sauvingnon, Red Bordeaux (France), Sangiovese (Italy), Super Tuscan (Italy), and Touriga Nacional (Portugal).

Notes of Prunes can be found in many red wines with concentrated fruit flavours, like Italian Sangiovese and Barbera wines, rich Malbec wines, Petite Sirah wines, rich Syrah wines, and rich Grenache wines from warmer climates.


Black Berries

Bluberry
Blueberry
Blackcurrant
Blackcurrant
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry flavors are typically found in French Mourvedre, American Petite Sirah, and French Syrah.

Black Currant notes are typically found in Cabernet Sauvignon

Blackberry flavors are typically found in Italian Dolcetto, Australian Shiraz, Italian Nero d'Avola, Portuguese Touriga National, in warmer climate Cabernet Sauvignon, and Côtes du Rhône North (Syrah).


Flowers

Roses
Lavender
Roses
Rose

Lavendel aromas can be found in Sangiovese based wines, and in warm climate Pinot Noir.

Rose flavors can be found in some Nebbiolo based wines.


Sweet (Jammy)

Jam
Jam
Raisins
Raisins
Chocolate
Chocolate

Warm climate Pinot Noir can have hints of strawberry jam. Full-bodied Syrah/Shiraz can have notes of blackberry jam, while Sangiovese and Barbera wines from Italy may have notes of both raspberry and plum jam.

Raisin flavors are typical for wines made from dried grapes, like Amarone from Italy, and passito wines like Primitivo Passitivo. You may also find some raisins notes in Syrah/Shiraz wines.

Chocolate flavors can be found in both Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet franc, and also in Argentinian Malbec.


Spices

Bell Pepper
Bell Pepper
Licorice
Licorice
Pepper
Pepper
Spices
Spices

Bell Pepper aromas come from a compound called "pyrazines" and is found in Bordeaux-family grapes like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Carménère, and Malbec.

Licorice flavors can be integrated with black fruit flavours in Syrah blends from Rhône, and integrated with violet and rose aromas in Italian Nebbiolo wines.

The taste of Spices is assosiated with Côtes du Rhône South (GSM wines).

Pepper aromas can be found in wine. Syrah have notable Black Pepper notes, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc can have Green Pepper aromas. Pepper notes are also often found in Pinot Noir.


Meat

Meat
Meat
Bacon
Bacon

Meat aromas can be found in full-bodied red wines like Bordeaux, Syrah, and Shiraz.

Game is a lighter aroma, like hung mead, that can be found in fruit-driven wines like Pinot Noir, Barbaresco, and Rioja.

Aromas of bacon fat or smoked meat can be found in North Rhône wines made from Syrah (Côte-Rôtie, Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage). Pinotage from South Africa tends to have gamy and smoky flavour often described as bacon-like.


Oak Added Flavors

Vanilla
Vanilla
Coffee
Coffee
Coconut
Coconut
Cloves
Cloves

Vanilla, Coffee, Coconut, and Cloves are aromas that can help you to understand the difference between oaked and un-oaked wine.

Vanilla and Coconut aromas are assosiated with American Oak. Toast and Hazelnut aromas are assosiated with French Oak.


Caramel
Caramel
Toast
Toast
Toast
Almonds
Nuts
Hazelnut

Almonds are often used to dscribe a type of bitterness in wine. You can sense a tasty bitterness in Italian Valpolicella, and a little grilled almonds bitterness in a young.


Leather
Leather
Tobacco
Tobacco
Oak
Oak

Pleasant Leather aromas in wine are caused by tannins and can be described as new saddle, new boots, new bag, new gloves.

Not so pleasant Leather aromas are caused by Brettanomyces yeast (British fungus / Brett) and can be described as sweaty saddle, old boots, wet dog.

Leather aromas can be found in Barbera and Pinot Noir, and in aged Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Oak aging can add spicy Tobacco notes to wine. Tobacco notes can be found in aged Bordeaux wines, in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and in aged Nebbiolo wines like Barolo and Barbaresco.