Blind Tasting: Old World vs New World Wines (Part 1 of 4)

Blind Wine Tasting Part-1Old World vs New World – Blind Tasting (Part-1):
To get things started, two unknown chilled whites were poured.  Both had the visual appearance of a light, crisp light-bodied wine with very slight coloration.  At first glance, I’d say these wines were either Pinot Gris/Grigio or possibly a Chenin or Sauvignon Blanc.

Wine-1:  Nose – light, sweet peach;  Flavor – crisp yet elegant and light, prominent flavors were pear and green apple;  Acidity – medium.

Wine-2:  Nose – medium, sweet grass;  Flavor – sharp, crisp citrus (grapefruit) with hints of vegetable and earth;  Acidity – light to medium.

Comparison:   I instantly noticed Wine-1 was more subdued in both bouquet and flavor.  Wine-2 boasts a sweet bouquet of grass that was upfront and in your face.  Yet, when hitting the palate things took a 180 degree turn with citrus-forward notes of grapefruit.  Both wines were very nice in their own regard, yet I found myself preferring the subtle nuances of Wine-1 with its crisp and elegant flavors of pear and green apple.

Unveiling of Wine Type:  Sauvignon Blanc

Salmon Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2011

Old World, from France’s Loire Valley
Salmon Sancerre Vieilles Vignes 2011 (MSRP $19.99)

  • Appellation – Sancerre
  • Country – France
  • Region – Loire
  • Type – White Wine
  • Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc




Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2012Wine-2:
New World, from Marlborough, New Zealand
Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (MSRP $19.99)

  • Appellation – Wairau Valley
  • Country – New Zealand
  • Region – Malborough
  • Type – White Wine
  • Varietal – Sauvignon Blanc



Leaf and Grape Over-All Score: (thru Part 1)
Old World  – 1
New World – 0


Four-Part series links located below:
Intro:  Blind Tasting (Introduction)
Part 1:  Blind Tasting (Wines 1 and 2)
Part 2:  Blind Tasting (Wines 3 and 4)
Part 3:  Blind Tasting (Wines 5 and 6)
Part 4:  Blind Tasting (Wines 7 and 8)