Favorite Aromatic White Wines

Aromatic white wines are those that are considered to be very fragrant whendscf0671 you smell the wine.  They often provide lovely aromas of flowers and fruit.  Common aromatic varietals include riesling, gewürztraminer, muscat, torrentez (from Argentina), albarino (from Spain), and gruner vetliner (from Austria).  We tried all six of these varietals today, but the slightly sweeter muscat from Sutter Home eclipsed the drier styles of the others.  Following are the favorites of the five Millennial wine judges.

***** (97, GOLD) Sutter Home Muscat, California, -$4

Lovely fragrant nose of roses and apricot, which carries through on the

sutter-home1palate.  Sweet, dessert style wine.  Great to drink alone, or with spicy foods.  A run-away favorite of all 5 judges in this tasting.  

**** (90, SILVER)  Michel Léon Gewurztraminer, Alsace, France 2007 – $8

Peach and jasmine nose, with lychee and rose on the palate.  Good acid and medium body.  A pretty wine with silky floral notes.  Rated gold by both Ali and Brandon. 

How the Judges Scored the Wine

All the judges are millennials between the ages of 21 and 30 and are attending university.  They have varying degrees of wine experience, but have been trained on how to use the Wine Tasting Evaluation form (see menu on How We Evaluate Wines).  All judges complete the Wine Tasting Continuum Questionnaire and completed the PROPO test to validate their score in order to determine if they are tolerant, sensitive or hyper-sensitive tasters.  Following are wine preferences of each judge:  

Ally is from Novato, California.  She scored a 3 on the Tasting Continuum and verified with the PROPO paper that she is a Hyper-Sensitive Taster.  She prefers sweeter white wines, fruity reds, Champagne, and sparkling wine.  Her scores were:  Muscat = 20; Gewurtz = Gold-19.

Matt is from Sherman Oaks, California.  He scored a 4 on the Tasting Continuum and verified with the PROPO paper that he is a Sensitive Taster.  He prefers dark red wines with big tannins.  His scores were:  Muscat = 19; Gewurtz = Silver -17.

Katie is from Solvang, California.  She scored a 4 on the Tasting Continuum and verified with the PROPO paper that she is a Sensitive Taster.  She enjoys all types of wine with no preference of white over red, but selects wine based on the food and occasion.  Her scores were:  Muscat = 19; Gewurtz = Silver -18.

Kelly is from St. Helena, California.  She scored a 1 on the Tasting Continuum and verified with the PROPO paper that she is a very Hyper-Sensitive Taster.  She enjoys sweet white wines and fruity reds.  Her scores were:  Muscat = 20; Gewurtz = Silver -17.

Brandon is from Los Angeles, California.  He scored a 4 on the Tasting Continuum and verified with the PROPO paper that he is a Sensitive Taster.  He prefers sparkling wines, as well as smooth fruity reds.  His scores were:  Muscat = 19; Gewurtz = Gold-19.

SEE VIDEO OF JUDGES’S FAVORITE AROMATIC WHITE WINES AT:

http://www.viddler.com/explore/lizthach/videos/1/ 

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5 Responses to Favorite Aromatic White Wines

  1. Brandon says:

    I really like the way the site is set up now. These aromatic whites were awesome!! I can’t wait for the next session.

  2. Brandon says:

    The Sutter Home Muscat had the perfect amount of sweetness in it. I would enjoy the Sutter Home Muscat with meal that includes seasoned chicken. Great tasting and satisfying.

  3. Katie says:

    The Sutter Home Muscat was a great dessert wine! I would serve it to friends with a lavender creme brulee. A little bit sweet, but soft and smooth like the wine.

  4. Kelly says:

    I tried the Sutter Home Muscat in this dessert recipe last week and it was delicious so I wanted to share it with everyone. You will need:
    1 Ripe pear pealed, 2 cups Sutter Home Muscat, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar,
    1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 cup chocolate sauce (any good quality sauce)

    Cut pear in half and remove core and seeds with a melon baller. Place wine, water, sugar, and cinnamon in sauce pan and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Turn the halves over and simmer for ten more minutes. Then remove the halves from the liquid and let them cool. Place each half on dessert plates and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

  5. Ally says:

    The Sutter Home Muscat was sugary and sweet. I really enjoyed the balance of this wine. I would drink this watching a movie with girlfriends or even with a delicious desert like creme brulee!

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