bardolator wrote:(And speaking of--could someone jump in and tell me whether either the GunBun or the Willamette could be classified as "Old World" style or "New World" style? Those are terms that are coming up in conversation about this wine, as well, so it seems like it would be something worth my learning!)
Sorry for the length, but hope this is useful to someone else--
"new world" and "old world" tend to be rather large umbrella terms for a range of styles. I haven't had the GunBun, but I had other wines from them and they, as well as the Willamette VV would both be classified as "new world" (though I have higher end WVV still left to drink).
Typically when someone says "old world" they mean a classically-styled wine with low/moderate alcohol, picked at low brix, moderate oak with high acidity, and having lots of "complexity" (some might say "contaminated"), especially on the nose where often there will be lots of earth, "forest floor", pencil shavings, graphite, bacon, smoke, funk, mushrooms, leather, vegetative/green flavors, and other things that could be called flaws in larger quantities but that some people love in small amounts.
"new world" is a bit more difficult to pin down. While it generally includes fruit-forward, mid-high brix/alcohol (due to both growing conditions and stylistic choices), low acidity, lush, ripe (some might say "over ripe"), uncontaminated wines with lots of new oak that are often very drinkable young, the new world also produces a number of "classically-styled" wines that have good acidity and balance, medium/low alcohol, but which are distinctly Californian, or Oregonian, etc. and would never be accused of being "old world".
While many of the woot offerings have been nicely balanced, I haven't had a wine from Wine Woot that I would describe as "old world" (though the Zahtilla certainly had enough pencil shavings to qualify).
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