Received a note from a reader recently, indicating that one of my favorite Pinot Noir producers was downsizing -- going to smaller bottles.
What a relief.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to take a weight-lifting class just to hoist a bottle and pour.
The way things are going, we could be headed into an era where you need a personal trainer to make sure you’re buffed enough and won’t get hurt if you take on one of the super-sized bottles.
Not to mention that they don’t fit easily into cellar-rack bins.
Turns out that the note about Clos Pepe was only half true.
The Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir specialist is changing bottle size, all right. But according to winemaker Wes Hagen, the winery still isn’t ready to give up the howitzer-shaped vessel.
“We believe a good heavy bottle is important to the long term aging of the wine, to protect it from temperature fluctuations, and once in a while, a short fall to the ground,” Hagen said.
So long as it doesn’t drop on your foot.
“We are moving to a very nice, heavy, but slightly smaller bottle (about the size that Brewer-Clifton uses),” he said, “so those with smaller wine cellar racking can again buy and cellar Clos Pepe without stripping the labels off taking them in and out of racking.”
For decades, the standard-sized bottle served us well.
Then it seemed as if using a bigger, thicker, heavier bottle made the wine, well, superior.
Certainly it stands out and is heavier.
I’m sure there are fans of these super bottles, but do we really need them? Or should we retreat to the old standard?
And if you’re a fan of super-sized bottles, how many days a week do you lift to make sure you won’t drop your barbell, er, bottle?
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