3 White Wines: Their Typical Range of Flavors



Range of fruit from citrus to dried fruit that represents the range of white wine flavors.

White wine can be found in a broad range of flavors from citrus all the way through to dried fruit. You can see, in the images that follow, how the flavors move from tart fruits down the line to sweet robust fruits. All of this depends on when the grapes are harvested and what climate they come from. Keep that in mind as we delve into the flavor ranges for these three white noble grapes.


1) Sauvignon Blanc

This white wine can range from green fruit (like green apple) to tropical fruit flavors (like passion fruit). It also has signature herbaceous notes (like grass and asparagus). Sauvignon Blanc grapes thrive in cool to moderate climates.


Green apples and passion fruits represent the flavors found in Sauvignon Blanc.


2) Chardonnay

The flavors of Chardonnay are linked to the climate in which the grapes are grown. This grape can thrive in cool, moderate, and warm climates which means you can find a wide range of flavors in Chardonnay.


Cool climate Chardonnay typically has green fruit flavors (like apple and pear) and citrus fruit flavors (like lemon and lime).


Citrus, apples, and pears that represent flavors found in cool climate Chardonnay.

Moderate climate Chardonnay typically has stone fruit flavors (like peach) and sometimes tropical fruit (like melon).