French researchers were able to uncover the "metabologeographic signature" of 10-year old wines from mass spec data, reports Wired Science. The wines were identical, except that they were aged in oak barrels made from trees from nine different forests. In PNAS, the researchers write, "Our systems oenology approach provides an unprecedented example of metabologeography translated into chemical representations of the way such noble nectar can shape on the papillas of the wine taster some of the outlines of the scene of its birth."
Introducing Systems Oenology
May 27, 2009