Wine Glossary N

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007 at 12:00 am

Nebuchadnezzar: The term for the largest of the various Champagne bottles. It is a bottle that is capable of holding 15 liters of wine, equivalent of 20 standard bottles.

Negociant : A French term for a wine merchant or trader who buys grapes from other growers and vinifies them, or buys wines and combines them. The resulting wines produced are then bottled under the trader’s own label and ships them as his own product.

Negociant-Eleveur: A type of negociant who actually owns vineyards and controls the growing of the grapes aside from buying grapes from small producers.

New World Wine: Term for wines that are produced outside of the traditional wine growing areas of Europe and North Africa.

Noble rot: Another name for the Botrytis cinerea mold that can pierce grape skins causing dehydration. This can happen usually sometime during the late harvest cycle when the sugar on the grapes is at its maximum. This results in grapes that produce a distinctively sweeter wine which are generally classified as dessert wines.

Nonvintage: Wines that are blended from grapes of more than one vintage or of different harvest years. This allows the winemaker to keep a consistent house style from year to year. Examples of nonvintage wines are Champagnes and sparkling wines as well as Sherry and other nonvintage Ports.

Nose: A term used to denote the character of a wine as determined by the sense of smell. It is a tasting term for the aroma or bouquet of the wine.

Nouveau: A French word meaning "new". It is also a term for a style of light, fruity and youthful red wine that is bottled just a few days after harvest and sold as soon as possible. This term applies mostly to Beaujolais, as in the wine Beaujolais Noveau.

Nutty: A wine tasting term that is used to describe oxidized wines that exhibit flavors reminiscent of nuts, particularly that of hazelnuts.