Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Walla Walla Wine For Dummies: Weekly Wine Word Wednesdays

The Weekly Walla Walla Wine Word for Dummies is: Linalool

Linalool is a colorless, yet fragrant naturally-occurring terpene compound found in wine. It can also be distilled from the oils of rosewood, bergamot, and other plants and trees and is also used in perfume manufacturing.

Also known as C10H180, this organic flavor compound is responsible for the floral and peach-like aromas found in wines produced with grape varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Chenin Blanc.

So what does "linalool" smell and taste like and how will you know it is naturally showing itself in a white wine? A great example of the aroma and taste of linalool is Trix Cereal made by General Mills. The "Orangey orange, Lemony yellow, and Raspberry red" fruity taste and smell are reminiscent.

And unlike wine, "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids." 

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