SNIFF: Aroma Intensity and Aroma Identification
SNIFF involves using your sense of smell to Identify a wine's aromas and to judge their Intensity.
- The aromas of wine come from fragrant chemical compounds called esters.
- If you detect the aroma of lemon in your glass of Chardonnay, it is because the same -- or nearly the same -- combination of esters that gives a lemon its distinctive aroma is present in the wine.
- Wine is capable of great aromatic complexity, and it is possible for a single wine to have many aromas. For example, apple, lemon, lime, melon, pineapple, pear, spice, hazelnut, vanilla and butterscotch can all be descriptors for Chardonnay.
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