New World vs. Old World Wines — Part 2

New World vs. Old World Wines — Part 2

In the last blog we discussed some of the major differences between Old World and New World wines.  This time, we’ll get down to the REALLY important stuff…the way they taste.

As we mentioned before, Old World wines are all about where they come from.  The climate, soil, traditions, all of that.  So, they tend to taste more like places than fruits.  That means when you swirl, sniff and sip, you’ll sense aromas and flavors of earth, smoke, cedar, leaves, leather, tobacco, hay, and other flavors depending on whether it’s red or white.

On the other hand, New World wines will have fruit flavors up front.  Here are examples of tasting notes for a New World Merlot: “Currant and floral herb aromas and appealing cherry flavors.”

A French Merlot was reviewed like this: “Truffle, graphite and plum notes intermixed with mocha and black cherry.”  It’s easy to see that the New World wine has the fruit up front, while the French wine starts off with “truffle and graphite.”

So, to sum it all up…Old World wines are generally lighter, with higher acidity and less alcohol.  They also keep the fruit in the background.  New World wines are riper, with higher alcohol and more predominant fruit flavors.

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