California, but very few people will see their names on a label. That’s because they often belong to a single producer turning out wines in tiny amounts. A handful of vineyards, however, supply multiple producers who create wines that are more readily attainable—though no less profound. The following five vineyards range from small to large but have two things in common: They’ve produced notable wines for decades, and top winemakers in California vie for the opportunity to buy their grapes. Anyone looking for wines of reliably high quality should seek out labels bearing these names. Every winemaker has a different style of Savoy Pinot Noirand, for example, was distinctly savory, while the Radio- Coteau was bigger and more concentrated. Ehren Jordan of Failla liked Savoy because the vineyard climate was “just cool enough but not radically cool, where you are on a tightrope 100 feet up,” wondering if the fruit will get ripe. Winemakers like to say great wine is made in the vineyard. I’m not sure how much they believe this and how much it’s just a catchy sound bite. One thing I know to be true: A great vineyard is where a great wine must start.
by John Waco Jr June. 23, 2018 227 views
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