Victorwine wrote:Hi Tom,
Thanks so much for the great TN and thanks for giving me a possible theme for my next wine group’s tasting! The concept of “balanced” wines has been around a long time, and like you stated there are many definitions out there, and a “definitive” definition of a “balanced” wine would be difficult to come by. Like everything else, when it comes to wine- what it comes down too is a very “personally” level. Heck besides what you pointed out, depending upon the style or type of wine you are enjoying “balance” of the structurally components might be the “last thing” you look for. Personally as you pointed out just focusing on a single component (alcohol content) when looking to see if a wine is “balanced” is foolish.
I just saw an interview with Raj Parr and he said that in determining if the wine is in “balance” he looks for three factors- (1) purity (of identity); (2) persistence; and (3) energy.
In another interview he referred to “balance” as “harmonious” (IMHO a much more better concept to grasp). He compared a “balanced wine to a symphony where the notes (structurally components of a wine –alcohol, acid, and tannin (I personally would add all dry extracts including RS and things like “primary” (those derived from the fruit), “secondary” (those derived from the process of fermentation both yeast and bacteria) and ‘bouquet” (those derived from aging) aromas and flavors to that list) do not have to be (level) or identical notes but could be (unleveled) different notes (some high some low), but as a whole they create a compete symphony.
I have a question regarding the 100-point balance scale. I understand that 100 means the wine is in “complete balance” or “perfect balance”. Does this mean that there is no possibility of “improvement”? Or is it just “downhill” from here? Zero means the wine is totally out of “balance” and I would assume there is no possibility of “improvement” So any “cellar-worthy” wine should score only “average” upon release or when young on this 100-point balance scale. (What would we consider average on this balance scale – 50, 65 or 80?)
David M. Bueker wrote:Interesting notes Tom.
I generally like Wind Gap wines, but have struggled with a distinct soy character in Pax's Syrahs.
Love the Arnot-Roberts Clary Ranch Syrah (see recent note posted here).
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