Wine Characteristics by Varietal
Characteristics of White Wine by Varietal:

Chardonnay:  butterscotch; nuttiness; oaky.  If aged in stainless steel:  crisp; fresh; tart.

Pinto Grigio/Pinot Gris:  Light body; pear; apple; lemon; mineral.

Sauvignon Blanc:  Light body; grapefruit; fig; lemon; melon.  If unoaked: grass; herbs;   If oaked: spice; vanilla; smoke; musk; nuttiness.

Viognier:  Light to medium body; peach; apricot; honeysuckle; orange blossom; spice; nuttiness; musk.                                                        
Characteristics of Red Wine by Varietal:

Cabernet Franc:  Medium body; red fruits, raspberries; violets; soft tannins.

Cabernet Sauvignon:  Medium to heavy body; black fruits;cherry; berry; cassis; plum; currant; herbs; mint; eucalyptus; anise; olive;
tobacco; leather; green pepper; coffee; chocolate; soft to powerful tannins.

Merlot:  Medium to heavy body; red and black fruits; berry; plum; herbs; chocolate; mocha; coffee; soft to powerful tannins.

Pinot Noir:  Light to medium body; strawberry; cherry; violets; roses; cola; earth; leather; tobacco; soft to medium tannins.

Syrah:  Heavy body; rose; tar; black fruit; currant; berry; cherry; plum; pepper; espresso; cedar; smoke; bacon, vanilla; black pepper; white
pepper; medium tannins.

Zinfandel:  Medium to heavy body; black fruit; cherry; berry; plum; currant; raisin; black pepper, exotic spices; prune; light tannins.
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