TO RESERVE, OR NOT RESERVE
Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something! – Franklin D. Roosevelt
What is a “reserve wine.” As far as the governing agency is concerned… it is a wine treated differently than others within any one winery. If your imagination is anything like mine… you could come up with hundreds of “opportunities” to call something a “reserve.” Within our own Pianetta winery, we like to hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to reserve wines. We also like to maintain a consistent standard which we can use as benchmark year after year. If you didn’t alreadyConstant barrel tasting! Just kidding…. Well. Kind of. Even though we pick from the same vineyards most years, most specifically the Cabernet Sauvignon from our own Estate Vineyard, there are always nuances and differences with each varietal from year to year. It isn’t so much these differences will make a wine better or worse, simply “different” for every vintage. There are certain traits we look for when deciding on a reserve wine. Flavor and complexity being one, however, potential for longevity is large factor.
If we determine a specific varietal displays the traits we are looking for, we start identifying “stand out” barrels; barrels we feel really stand head and shoulders above the rest. We