Another question that sprang from my trip in Dublin:
How does a wine have a bell pepper smell to it?
Green bell pepper might not be the first thing you think when you think of wine, but once you smell it, you know.
Green bell pepper can be smelt in a variety of wines including sauvignon blanc, carmenre, and malbec. Though, I find it easiest to detect in cabernet franc. But where do they come from?
The aroma stems from a compound pyrazines, which is in a selection of Bordeaux-originating grapes. It’s most present in cool climates, which is why cabernet franc from Loire can often be very prominent. Science has revealed that these compounds originate from the leafy parts of the vines, and so different types of pruning will affect this aroma.
Green bell pepper is one of its more prominent aromas, but if you ever seen green peppercorn or herbal notes, it could be relating to pyrazines. The level of greeness you like will come down to personal preference, but why not seek out a cool climate cabernet franc and give it a go.