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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On 2:15 PM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
As far as I can remember, every winery I have ever visited (all in California, unfortunately) makes their wine not just vineyard by vineyard, but block by block. The wines are usually (not always) kept separate until the final blend is put together just before bottling.  Many choose their best barrels, from whatever particular vineyard or block, and combine them for a "Reserve" bottling. I would guess that if you used many different vineyards, and one (or more) was consistently better than the rest, then a single vineyard bottling makes sense.

Unfortunately, it's easy to go overboard, making a number of mediocre single vineyard wines when judicious blending could have made one or two very good wines (see Pinot Noir, Oregon).

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