by Jeff Miller of Artisan Family of Wines (Seven Artisans, Sly Dog Cellars, Red Côte)
Every Wednesday I post my recommendations of the best of last week’s postings concerning wine, whether blogs or news. I list them in the order I read them, so you shouldn’t infer anything about the order in which I list these posts.
Ongoing thoughts on the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons
This could just as aptly been entitled “trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. 2010 was simply a poor year.
Pedro Parra digs dirt
The idea that the soil type effects the final wine is one that seems to be embedded in the psyche of the wine world. And while soil certainly has some affect on the grapes and wine, when you look at the science, that affect is much less than people generally think. Nonetheless, Pedro Parra thinks that he can ferret out wine characteristics from soil type. I seriously doubt that, but if this really can be done, I think some blind tastings would be in order. Of course, that assumes that you can clearly tie particular wines to particular vineyards and particular soil types. Certainly doable, but not all that easy.
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