THERE ARE TIMES WHEN THE SAME WINE TASTES GREAT ON SOME DAYS AND NOT SO GREAT ON OTHER DAYS.
You have decanted the 2011 Shiraz Grenache and let it breathe. Taking in the aroma - subtle tannins with a hint of oak and spicy plum characteristics - you swirl the medium red in its appropriate Riedel wine glass before tasting this gold medal vintage. However, it does not quite live up to expectations. There is a reason, and it has nothing to do with an unsophisticated palate. It has to do with the moon, gravity and the actual day you taste the wine - the biodynamic wine.
Grower Champagnes are intended to express terroir – the unique combination of characteristics of a particular vineyard or series of vineyards, and in particular soil and micro-climate. They allow the champagne lover to begin to understand the difference between a Chardonnay (blanc de blancs) from Avize and, say, one from Mesnil-sur-Oger, a pair of villages which are both grand cru appellations. To understand which part of which sub-region gives Pinot Noir a particularly pronounced minerality. To get to try a champagne made exclusively from Pinot Meunier.