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I would like to know if there is an appropriate word for "one flavor."

For example:

  • Monosyllabic: one syllable
  • Monochromatic: one color

What is the equivalent word for "one flavor," eg. "mono-gustatic" (obviously this is just a mock-up word for sake of the question)?

Note: I am asking this in reference to wine (if it helps in answering the question.) I encountered a glass which I thought was fairly "one flavored," and thus, the question arose.

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Have you seen this Wikipedia entry? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_tasting_descriptors –  JLG Aug 3 '13 at 22:02
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'Simple' instead of 'complex'? You should ask people who are wine experts. –  Mitch Aug 3 '13 at 22:25
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I was reading the descriptives for wine tasting on wiki and "cat pee" is listed... –  Mari-Lou A Aug 3 '13 at 23:42
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The technical vocabulary used by oenologists is so precise and wide-ranging, that you are likely better served by a specialist site in wine-tasting or oenology. –  Pieter Geerkens Aug 4 '13 at 0:16

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Monoaromatic Having a single aromatic ring

Sigh... I thought it up, found it on wikitionary. Thought:Great, it does exist! But the definition does not relate to taste but to an "aromatic ring".

Noun: Any compound having a single aromatic ring, especially such a constituent of petroleum

So, it's looks like the right word but it's not. Sorry

EDIT: One of the definitions of the word "ring" is: a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Compare chain. Does this mean the compounds which make a fragrance or flavour are called a "ring" and hence a wine can have several aromatic rings? Can a wine have a single dominant fragrance and be called monoaromatic? I don't know. I think only a scientist or chemist could really give us the final word.

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An "aromatic ring" is a specific type of carbon ring in organic chemistry, so named because of how many of the chemicals containing it smell. (But many chemical with strong smells don't have such a ring.) –  Peter Shor Aug 4 '13 at 1:07
    
Thank you @PeterShor for giving such a clear explanation: Would you say that the word, monoaromatic, could be legitimately used in the context of wine tasting? I looked online and found no evidence. –  Mari-Lou A Aug 4 '13 at 5:24

I think you probably want something like "a one-note wine," though I struggle to find a formal definition of this anywhere.

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