Hoke wrote:Tom, when I read the title of your post, I thought you were investing in a walker for your old age.
With all due respect to Rajat Parr, the folks at RN74 and Peggy Hirsch (among, I'm sure, many others), any organization that publishes a "manifesto" to justify and explain their existence is already a bit too serious for me.
Though laudable in concept---c'mon, who doesn't like balance, outside of those sensualist lawyerly types who want explicit, forthright statements of fruit and people who put cigars on the same level as wine?---I don't think this is going to be a break out group with wild success.
I think a campaign of "Save the Pinot Noir" (much less "Save the Chardonnay") is going to resonate sufficiently with anything beyond a precious few (emphasis on precious). And even though I'm inherently sympathetic to the view of these folk, I don't feel the need to climb the ramparts: I'm pleased that some winemakers, and sommeliers, and consumers champion a certain style of wine they prefer, but I'm afraid the laissez faire market doesn't care as much as they do.
The call for "make the pinot noir the way I like it, dammit" is not nearly as loud as "I'm making pinot noir that sells just fine, thank you very much." in our vast and unwashed marketplace.
Brian Gilp wrote:Oh boy, here we go again. I don't think Adam is invited back is he or was that something different? Also, I find the focus funny and by its apparent exclusionary approach contradicts what could be a good message.
BTW, the 2007 Coastview Syrah weighs in at about 14,5% and I recall it as being very balanced. But I guess since its not PN and since its over 13% that I must be mistaken.
TomHill wrote:I think those folks are concuiously making an effort to remove the focus from strictly the alcohol levels.
As Parr said: Parr also wants you to know that it's not all about low alcohol. "It's just about the wine."
Steve Slatcher wrote:If every wine were "perfectly balanced", wouldn't life be boring?
Certainly I would not want every wine to be high alcohol and full of jammy fruit, but occasionally I like that. I also like the occasional wine to be oaky, however unfashionable that might be. More often, I like a good lick of acidity, and sometimes a whack of astgringency. All depends on food and mood.
Caymus, Heitz, Mayacamas, Dominus (Moueix)...Brian K Miller wrote:Cathy Corison makes very balanced, ageable Cabernets. As do Clos du Val, Stags Leap Wine Cellars. Even Beaulieu GdlT.
Brian K Miller wrote:Tom: Do you really believe a Napa Valley Cabernet cannot be "balanced"?
Cathy Corison makes very balanced, ageable Cabernets. As do Clos du Val, Stags Leap Wine Cellars. Even Beaulieu GdlT.
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