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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Does “nuance” in wine speak simply refer to flavor or aroma?
—J.L.A., Brisbane, Australia
“Nuance” can refer to any element of wine—flavor, aroma or both. It reminds me of when someone uses the term “note” in a wine description. To me, both “nuance” and “note” refer to a wine’s more subtle characteristics, or its details. So a wine might be “packed” or “gushing” with fruit flavors, but have just a “nuance” of spice.
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