Discover with us one of the most common wine aromas: the violet flower.
Violets have been associated with the gods since the days of the Greeks and Romans. They are thought of as the symbol of the cycle of life, and of truth and love.
The violet was associated by the Greeks and Romans, to the myth of Venus and Adonis. According to this story, the great mother goddess Cybele loved Attis, who was killed while hunting a wild boar. Where his blood fell on the ground, violets grew.
The Greeks believed that violets were sacred to the god Ares and to Io, one of the many human affairs of Zeus. Later, in Christian symbolism, the violet stood for the virtue of humility and many legends tell of violets springing up on the graves of virgins and saints. European folktales associate violets with death and mourning.
In wines, violet is the floral aroma found in fine red wines. It is typical of the Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo.
The most famous wines presenting this aroma are the Barolo, Barbaresco – check this article! -, Bordeaux red, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Côte-Rôtie and Rosso di Montalcino.
Now, try to smell a violet and then try one of these wines. Can you smell the aroma?