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Floral Wines

Floral characteristics can vary widely, encompassing a range of flowers from delicate and subtle to bold and perfumed. They often are more elegant styles, which allows the delicate floral aromas to shine. 

  1. Dominant Floral Aromas: The defining feature of floral wines is the prevalence of aromas reminiscent of flowers. Common floral notes include rose, jasmine, violet, lavender, elderflower, and orange blossom.

  2. Aromatic Complexity: Floral wines often exhibit a high level of aromatic complexity, with layers of different flower aromas contributing to a perfumed and inviting bouquet.

  3. Light to Medium-bodied: Floral wines are often light to medium-bodied, allowing the delicate floral notes to shine without being overwhelmed by heavier elements.

  4. Balanced Acidity: These wines often maintain a balanced acidity, contributing to their overall freshness and enhancing the perception of floral aromas.

Examples of grape varieties and wines known for their floral characteristics include:
  • Moscato/Muscat: Muscat wines, such as Moscato d'Asti, are renowned for their floral and aromatic profile, often featuring notes of orange blossom, rose, and musk.

  • Gewürztraminer: Gewürztraminer wines are celebrated for their intense floral aromas, including rose petals and lychee, along with spicy notes.

  • Riesling (in certain styles): Riesling wines, particularly those from regions like the Alsace in France and Germany, can exhibit floral notes alongside their characteristic acidity.

  • Viognier: Viognier wines often showcase floral aromas, including notes of white flowers, apricot, and honeysuckle.

  • Torrontés: Torrontés, a white wine grape variety from Argentina, is known for its floral and aromatic profile, featuring notes of rose petals and citrus.

  • Rosé Wines (in certain styles): Some rosé wines can express floral characteristics, especially those made from aromatic grape varieties or with a focus on delicate and perfumed flavors.

  • Pinot Noir: Known for it's red fruit driven profile, cool climate styles of Pinot Noir, such as those from New Zealand, can exhibit floral characters

  • Nebbiolo: Nebbiolo wines are known for their complex aromas, featuring red fruit notes like cherry and raspberry, along with floral notes such as rose and violet. As they age, Nebbiolo wines develop additional aromas of tar, truffle, and earth.

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