Inquiring Winemaker

 

Myths of Minerality

December 2006
 
by Tim Patterson
 
Fruit and oak have their place in great wine, but the top prize among wine attributes probably goes to minerality--the expression of rocks and soil in the aromas and flavors that end up in the glass. But for all its desirability and status, minerality is only vaguely defined and not well understood. In fact, the one thing we do know is that it has very little to do with minerals.
 

 
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