Tasting the Earth
What impact does soil have on wine quality and character?
Issue: December 31, 2004
What makes one wine different from another bottling produced on the other side of a stone wall? Or on the other side of the world? Often, vintners wrestling with these queries proffer the same response: "soil." But scraping beneath the surface reveals even more questions. There's much yet to be learned about the dynamic interplay between vines and earth.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 31, 2004.