The Appellation Discovery Continues
I’ve been trying to follow the exploits of AppellatlionAmerica.com as the newly energized organization has embarked on an ambitious program to investigate America’s most important appellations and answer the questions: What do wines from these regions taste like and why do they taste that way? Essentially, AppellationAmerica is searching for terroir.
The organization undertakes "Discoveries" in which winemakers gather to taste through their region’s wines and try to get at the heart of them. I took part in the Carneros tasting and found it a fascinating experience.
Two new "Discoveries" are posted on the AppellationAmerica website: Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Carneros Chardonnay. The are well worth a read.
One observation. Reading through both "Discoveries" we find mention of the "old style" of wines and the "new style" of wines. In both cases the "new style" equates to bigger, more extracted and darker. We’ll see more references to the "new style" in the future "Discovery Tastings" I predict. And this will bolster the argument that an homogenization of wine is overtaking the industry.
Keep in mind, the terroir has not changed where tasters find both an "old style" and "new style". What’s changed is the winemaker’s approach to making wine.