The author with 7th generation Arroyo Seco grower Luis Zabala in his "Macho Block"
Is it okay to talk about terroir in terms of mineral sensations?
The following post is a revision of a column originally published as one of the author's Bottom Line columns in the April 2012 issue of Sommelier Journal (now known as The SOMM Journal).
|Practicing the fine Mendocino art of stuffing shit into cowhorns with vintner Paul Dolan|
|The author with winegrower Ken Wright during 1999 Willamette Valley harvest|
|Memories of Rheinhessen's Weingut Gunderloch with the amazing Fritz Hasselbach|
|Ridiculously steep red slate slope of Mosel's Urziger Wurzgarten|
They say a good winegrower knows his wines like a mother knows the smell of her babies. Okay, so I just made that up, but it illustrates my abiding respect for Mr. Wright. His truths are always in his bottlings, reflecting intimate relationships with vineyard sources.