This part of the wine aroma dictionary explores spicy wine aromas. This is still a work in progress and we will regularly add new descriptors extracted from the wine flavor wheel .
Aroma : Clove
Category : Spicy
Type : Spicy
Aroma Definition : Evokes the aroma of clove buds. This aroma may bring back some good or bad memories from the dentist's office. Indeed, some disinfectant and other products used by dentists had a clove like aroma. Clove buds have painkiller properties.
Origin : Eugenol and iso-eugenol are the aroma compound responsible for the clove aroma in spicy wines. They are by-products of the oak barrel toasting and developed into the wine aging in the barrel.
Wine styles : Perceived mostly in wines aged in oak barrels.
Flavor Standard : This is an easy one. Drop one clove in a white / red base wine and let macerate a couple of hours. Filter and you will smell a clove aroma.
Image credit: Dried Clove Buds Photograph by Brian Arthur and released under the GNU Free Documentation License. All remaining rights reserved