Wine aromas are what you smell when you sniff the wine.
But where do they come from ?
Let’s make it clear: They do not come from the things that are put into the wine. In fact, it is not allowed by law to put such things in a wine in the most of the world. So, if you get strawberry smell from a wine, this doesn’t mean that someone put strawberries in the wine during the winemaking process. It doesn’t even mean that strawberry can be found in the region where the grapes of that wine were planted. But if this is true, where do the aromas come from?
The wine aromas come from chemical compounds that are created during the winemaking process. There are certain compounds that smell like chocolate, and there are some compounds that smell like vegetables, etc.
Congratulations! You just discovered the most fascinating feature of the wine world. From now on, you won’t be able to keep yourself putting your nose into your wine glass. I do that and I don’t feel embarrassed for this. You’ll get used to it.
You may hear terms like primary aromas, secondary aromas, or tertiary aromas. Well, that is a more complicated story. Let me know if you would like to read about it!