Isoamyl Acetate

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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isoamyl acetate is an ester present in all fermented beverages. At higher concentrations, it is sometimes associated with banana-like aromas, and is often found in cool-fermented white wines and red wines that have undergone carbonic maceration. Research suggests that this ester may have an influence on the varietal aroma of certain wines such as pinotage and on the aftertaste of certain young Alsace wines.

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