Here's how to distinguish between spicy characters in wine.
Spice Of Life
Spice can be a characteristic of a grape, or it can imparted from oak influences. The layers can be complex and it can take a little practice distinguishing the spicy characters in a wine. Here are two different ways spice can translate into the aromas and flavors.
On the palate, oak’s spicy influence most commonly comes to life in the form of vanilla, cinnamon and clove characters. As a general rule, French oak creates complex clove and woody spice characters, while American oak produces more vanilla characters.