A lot of people think it is snobby to demand a new glass each time you try a different wine. Well, it really can make a difference, and the point was proven when Christian began working on the blends for the 2012 vintage a while back.
The 2012 Grenache tastes of an elegant wine in barrel. Surprisingly light for what is usually a big, bold fruity wine. We thought we’d see what a little Carignane would do to the blend. Christian carefully measured out a 2.5% addition to a glass of Grenache. Bam! A totally different wine was created. That little bit of Carignane transformed the glass into a big, bold, mouth-watering experience. In the end, Christian is leaning toward a Grenache – Carignane – Syrah blend for what will become the 2012 Cuvée Ivy.
Remember, that little bit of wine at the bottom of your glass could transform the next wine to follow. You won’t be a snob if you change (or at least rinse) glasses.
If you are interested in learning about the power of blending, check out a series of seminars we are conducting on blending through Living Social. See: https://www.livingsocial.com/events/cities/520-napa-sonoma/921431-blending-seminar-and-wine-tasting?msdc_id=520-napa_sonoma. Cheers!