The Official Wine Thread - Page 1341
I have often wondered why we don't hear much about yeast in wine. Given that yeast has a very prominent role in the flavor profile of beers, I would assume the same to be true about wine. Different breweries have proprietary yeasts and spend a good deal of time and money managing yest strains. Only occasionally do I see that a wine called out that it is fermented by "native" yeasts - but I'm not sure if that means that they did not add (pitch) yeast, or what exactly. Also, if not called out as native fermented, what yeast is being pitched? How is it selected?
There's no doubt yeast impacts flavour but it's a pretty complicated phenomena and I think to attempt to either attribute terroir to yeast or to disentangle wild yeast from the terroir is probably not a productive thing to do. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the most common species of yeast used but it does have different strains. It's used as it doesn't die off after 3-5% ABV is reached which is what happens with the vast majority of wild yeasts carried in on the skins from the vineyard. Many makers also dose the grapes with sulfur right on the crush pad to kill most of these wild yeasts. I think what most winemakers mean by "wild yeast" is the yeast living in their fermentation room/cellar and that tends to be a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This "house strain" is encouraged by dumping the pomace and stuff in the vineyards so that strain will inhabit the area.
It reminded me a La Mission 1995 I had about a year ago.
Will report when I start popping them.
Edited by Mark from Plano - 8/12/16 at 2:07pm
Deeelish. Nice everyday bottle, especially during the hot Toronto summer; there's a nice lightness to it.
Just bought a couple bottles of this. I'll let one age for a few more years; I tend to really like good Chianti that's aged for 5-10 years. I find the wine becomes nicely rounded and integrated, while still being fresh and lively.
Edited by erictheobscure - 8/13/16 at 12:59am
So right by the Screagle....might want to research that 05 Philip Togni. I've had multiple bottles from them. That might be a good price, not sure, if you're in the mood for that type of wine.
Melisse = two stars? Nice. Will need report.
Edited by Piobaire - 8/13/16 at 8:13am