How is it that we can be brought to tears by a certain melancholy melody or our passion fueled by a particular combination of colors painted on a canvas? Yet, not all that stimulates the senses is
No one is moved by a single note, yet, in the context of a greater work and played just so, a string of simple notes turns into an otherworldly tapestry that seems impossible to be the creation of a single man or woman.
That being said, not every piece of
Additionally, subtlety plays a crucial part in shaping emotions and responses to
Underlying all of these types and means of
It is not difficult to create physical stimuli that are pleasing and these may be misinterpreted by the uninitiated as true living
Whether it is the fond memory of an experience, the familiar pain of love lost, or even the recognition of natural beauty, something in true
So how does all of this apply to wine? Wine, unlike most generally accepted forms of
However, just as it is infinitely difficult to create from nothing a true work of beauty, so is it a daunting task to let that natural beauty shine through in a wine unadulterated and pure. At so many steps in its evolution there is the risk of meddling with that natural expression and marring it with artificial and wholly un-artistic (un-soulful) taint. Therein lies the true
The great winemaker recognizes that life and uniqueness in his wine and struggles from vine to bottle to preserve and protect that natural beauty. For, to strip a wine of its ability to express itself is a crime.
Just as all sound or color is not
Not to say that simple, tasty wines don’t have their place, they do. But making a wine that is soulful and shimmering with life is not easy. Nor is it easy to appreciate. We must have tasted a thousand non-artistic wines before we can recognize the thrilling burst of energy and presence that hits your palate when it is presented with a truly artistic wine. It is something deep at the wine’s core, apart from its flavors and structure and balance (yet all great wines will certainly have that, for what defines balance if not nature) that you feel, not taste.
This brings us to the notion of terroir. As most describe it, terroiris the unique profile with which a wine is blessed when it truly expresses those things that influenced the growing of the grapes, the soil type, the exposure, the elevation, the microclimate, the surrounding wildlife, etc. However I see it slightly differently. To me, terroir is the absolute and ultimate necessity of a great wine.
Only when a wine truly and fully expresses its terroir (be it in Burgundy or California, the Mosel or Australia) do we see a wine with passion, soul and grace. Manipulation can make a wine from Burgundy taste like a Bordeaux. Yet it will be bland, one-dimensional and without depth and interest. When a wine is accurately expressing its place, only then, the natural beauty of that site can shine through and speak to the observer. A Chevalier-Montrachet has nothing to tell you about Hermitage and visa-versa. Would you ask an African bushman to teach you about life in the Australian outback? We cannot force a wine to make a statement it is not prepared to make without obliterating its soul. We would strip it of its spirit, personality and individuality.
Some tasters simplify the idea of terroirby saying that it lends an earth or dirt flavor to wines but I disagree. The terroir of different sites will have profoundly different flavor profiles. Yes, some of these will include earthy aromas and flavors but not necessarily so. The presence of earthiness in a wine does not necessarily imply it has more terroir than another, they are just different. Terroir implies a particular personality and flavor profile unique to a specific vineyard, not any one exact smell or flavor that is universal for all wines.
Some say that this grape varietal or that lends itself to expressing terroir
Source by Josh Dusick