Celebrating Balance in Pinot Noir

Posted by | Posted in White's Wines | Posted on 01-21-2014

in-pursuit-of-balance-logoAs regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.

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In my latest column, I highlight “In Pursuit of Balance,” an annual wine event that applauds the California winemakers who eschew ripeness and power in favor of restraint and elegance.

Celebrating Balance in Pinot Noir

“If a Pinot Noir is overwhelmed with fruit — or, indeed, by any element, like oak, fruit extraction, fruit ripeness, or alcohol — you’re going to lessen the possibility that the wine can express essential place. And for me, Pinot Noir is all about essential place.”

If any grape demands contemplation, it’s Pinot Noir. The great ones translate time and place, clearly expressing the characteristics of their vintage and the soils and climate in which they’re grown.

So I wasn’t surprised to hear these words from Jasmine Hirsch, as her father, David, planted what is considered one of America’s top Pinot Noir vineyards nearly 35 years ago.

We were chatting about an annual wine event she launched with Rajat Parr, a celebrity sommelier, in 2011. Dubbed “In Pursuit of Balance,” it applauds the California winemakers who eschew ripeness and power in favor of restraint and elegance.

The event has helped counteract the notion that California only makes fruit bombs. And it’s brought attention to some of California’s top Pinot Noir producers.

Check out the rest of the piece at Grape Collective.

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