Apr 2, 2010

The real difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

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While doing some research today for an article on Napa's Carneros district, I came across these hilarious (and true!) words by Michael Richmond, winemaker at Bouchaine Vineyards & Winery:
Speaking of behavior, winemaker Michael Richmond often uses a more human analogy to describe the dramatic difference between making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir:
"Making Chardonnay is like raising kids back in the 50s, with a lot of parental control and the expectation that the next generation will conform to that training. Making Pinot is the more ‘modern way’ of raising children, where the parents just set the boundaries and try to keep them out of jail. With Chardonnay, we hope to be delighted by and proud of the outcome of our supervision; with Pinot, we hope to be delighted and relieved by the way it turns out. It’s the difference between shaping the Chardonnay and allowing the Pinot to manifest itself. Pinot is the most precocious and capricious of all grape varieties."

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