Thought of the Day - Buttery Wine
people have claimed I'm a bit nuts when I say 'It smells like buttered popcorn'.
Finally today, some vindication!
I was speaking with the owner and winemaker for Bookcliff Vineyards and he told me about diacteyl.
Here's what wineeducation.com says about it..."The butter taste and smell in wine is directly attributed to the presence of diacetyl. Diacetyl is a byproduct of the malo-lactic fermentation, and as such its presence relates to a very specific technical process. To say diacetyl is much more exact, and it speaks of the process that the wine was made by; however the average consumer would much rather think that there is butter in their wine than some chemical."
The Bookcliff 2005 Sryah has a strong butter nose as well.