Why do wine people light up when someone mentions limestone? How do you smell schist? Where is the taste of slate?
There’s more than one answer to the question! Part of the problem might be that a single word* is being used to mean a few things that are completely different from one another. Part of the problem might be that words themselves sometimes fail us. But of all of the ways to solve a problem, or untangle a riddle, the most fun way is to go digging into some actual wines.
The Tasting We returned to Winona’s on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021. We tasted elbling on limestone 2 ways, from Matthias Hild + Jonas Dostert. We tasted chenin on schist from Benoit Courault, and talked about reduction. We compared the textures of Rías Baixas red and Roussillon skin-contact on granitic sand. We tasted pineau d’aunis from Julien Pineau and trousseau from Jason Lett, and asked what minerality might mean in red wines.