Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines


If you have ever spent any amount of time
around a wine lover, I’m sure you’ve heard them say that a wine tastes or smells buttery.
People especially love to talk about their big, buttery Chardonnay’s, and it’s true;
Chardonnay very often has a buttery aroma, and a buttery flavor. It can come across as
butter. Sometimes, people think cream; sometimes, people think sour cream; sometimes, people
are reminded of popcorn; and sometimes, people even say Miss Jane, it kind of smells like
cheese; and I’m like, that’s okay. There is a type of dairy aroma that comes across in
wine. It also comes across in red wine. As a matter of fact, a buttery aroma is much
more common in red wine, than white wine. The reason why we don’t talk about it as much
though; is because the buttery aroma in red wine is a little bit more subtle. In a white
wine, it’s usually jumping out at you. Without getting too technical, I’ll tell you that
there’s a chemical called diacetyl. Diacetyl is the chemical that is used in butter flavorings,
including microwave popcorn, the popcorn that you get that is buttered flavored at the movies,
and any thing else that’s butter flavored at the grocery store. Diacetyl is a natural
chemical created during a certain wine making process. It’s not in butter, it’s not real
butter, but it smells like, and tastes like butter, and it gets in your wine sometimes
through the process of malolactic fermentation. All you really need to know about that is
that it can make your wine taste and smell buttery, and that it’s a very nice thing to
get a buttery aroma in your wine.

3 thoughts on “Wine Tasting Tips : Buttery Aromas in Wines

  • Do you have a buttery red wine to suggest?? I had one several months ago and cannot remember the name!! unable to find another as good as that one. The butter flavor in the red was very evident. Thanks!

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