Some wines suggest delicate floral aromas, from garden blooms like honeysuckle, wisteria, and roses, to orchard blossoms, like citrus or pear trees in spring. While these qualities mostly come from the grape itself—some varieties are naturally more floral than others—winemakers can maintain or enhance the floral notes by making certain choices as they craft the wine.
In the best wines, the floral notes are never overpowering; rather, they add a fresh, bright appeal, whether in the nose or in the finish. Here are five wines that exhibit flower power in subtle and intriguing ways. They’ll add romance to your Valentine’s Day sipping—and maybe make spring seem just a little bit closer:
- Valdo Nerello Mascalese Brut Rosé ($15). While its delicate raspberry and fruit- blossom appeal will perk up your palate, this sparkling wine’s romantic rose-petal color will pretty up your Valentine’s Day table, too.
- Hogue Pinot Grigio (Columbia Valley; $11): Savor lusciously ripe peach and pear flavors along with irresistible hints of orange blossoms.
- Trivento Reserve Torrontés (Mendoza, Argentina; $11): This crisp, vibrant wine brims with tropical fruit and citrus flavors intertwined with subtle rose and violet notes.
- Vesevo Beneventano Falanghina (Italy; $16): Yes—it’s a mouthful to say, but this white also a delightful mouthful to savor, with rich apple and lime notes and a fine-spun white-flower appeal on the finish.
- Evodia Old Vines Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain; $9): Blossom notes are most often found in whites, but here’s an easy-drinking, vividly fruity red with a spicy-floral perfume in the backdrop.
—By Wini Moranville