What's Inside #WineWednesday: Linalool

The spectacular ‘April showers’ season California experienced this year has created what will be a once-in-a-lifetime set of May flowers. This means the blooming season for Northern California’s luscious lavender fields is right around the corner. And, by the way, lavender is a prime example of where to find the molecule Linalool in nature.

So, what’s in #WineWednesday:

 

Chemical Name: Linalool
Class: Monoterpenoids
Smell: Apple, French Lavender and Bergamot
Color: Colorless

Uses: Linalool is most prominent in naturally soothing and delicious scents like lavender and bergamot, so it is often used to recreate those smells in candles, perfumes, and juices. Additionally, it is often in many essential oils because of its natural abilities to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and lessen feelings of anxiety. Linalool is also a key element in the body’s creation of Vitamin E, which means consumption and use of the molecule is actually great for your body — skin, hair, and nails in particular.

Where it’s found in nature: Linalool is most readily found in lavender, mint, laurels, cinnamon and citrus fruits, but over 200 other species of plants also produce the molecule. It is also naturally occurring in all of the most popular essential oils, from tangerine to chamomile and ylang ylang.

 

Product Goods: Easily the molecule that contributes to the most alluring and comforting of scents, linalool is used in a whopping 60–80% of perfumed products. Who doesn’t want another lavender candle for their bedside table? Or a citrusy face wash to wake you right up in the morning? Linalool is key in both of those as well as cleaning supplies, air fresheners, lipstick and beyond.

How We Use It @AvaWinery: Linalool is used in our winemaking just as it is used in the creation of all other heaven-scented things: it makes our wines smell like the answer to your prayers. The aromatic compounds that make your mouth water when you smell our wines would not be the same if linalool were left out.