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07.24.2013

The Essence of Wine: Violets

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Image © 2013 Leigh Beisch

Before it was the perfume of our sorrows (garlanding poor Ophelia's demise, no less), it was the flower of kings. Ion was the name the greeks gave both the flower and the king of Athens, who wore them as a crown. The violet's scent and symbolism weaves through our entire recorded history — as evidence of love's truth, as medicine, as rare confection, and as the beguiling aromatic calling card of queens and courtesans. Perfumers and botanists agree, its scent is most unique among the flower kingdom, and those who have been lucky enough to snatch a whiff of violets from a glass of red wine have a hard time forgetting the experience. The grape Nebbiolo, especially from its home in Barolo, seems to most often host the alluring scent of violets. Cabernet Franc, too, can quite often mix a bit of the purple flower in amongst its nutty, cherry bouquet, leading to appearances in Bordeaux and its many red cousins around the world. No matter where or when it appears, the sweet scent of violet will always beguile.

Michael Chiarlo "Cerequio" Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Trapiche "Broquel" Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina
Palmina Wines "Stolpman Vineyard" Nebbiolo, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
Noon "Eclipse" Red Blend, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Quinta do Vesuvio "Pombal do Vesuvio" Red Blend, Duoro, Portugal
Corison "Kronos Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California, USA
Chateau Canon Bordeaux Blend, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Lang & Reed "Two Fourteen" Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California, USA
Schloss Gobelsburg Zweigelt, Kamptal, Austria
Domaine Anne Gros "Les Grand Maupertuis" Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Burgundy, France
Keplinger "Lithic" Red Blend, Amador County, Sierra Foothills, California, USA
Aldo Conterno "Cicala" Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Gaja "Sori San Lorenzo" Nebbiolo, Langhe, Piedmont, Italy

This is part of an ongoing series of original images and prose called The Essence of Wine

Comments (2)

08.06.13 at 10:06 PM

Also made for an interesting Science-Fiction tale in the Outer Limits series titled "Flower Child", where Jud Tylor plays "Violet".
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0667894/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Riccardo Margheri wrote:
08.11.13 at 6:39 AM

Many Chianti Classico, especially from the areas of Lamole and Radda in Chianti, has got a violet (and ris as well in Lamole) hint. It's anyway a varietal feature of the Sangiovese, when climate is not too hot, on vineyards higher above the sea level, etc.
Regards
Riccardo

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