But that balance is harder to achieve as the alcohol content climbs higher. If a fruit-forward, super Cab clocks in close to 15%, I won't take issue just because of the number on the label, but achieving balance at 15% is a difficult task. I have at least one Pinot-producing friend who insists that, in the case of that grape, it is impossible to achieve balance over 14%.
If balance beckons, you'll likely be beguiled by "In Pursuit of Balance," a movement-cum-trade-affiliation-cum-consumer-and-trade-tasting. The group/movement/event was started by one of San Francisco's top Somms, Rajat Parr of Michael Mina and RN74, and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards "to celebrate wineries striving to produce balanced pinot noir and chardonnay in California," with a "focus on characteristics which make pinot noir and chardonnay great - subtlety, poise and profound expression of terroir." If you want the full terroir, take a look at their Manifesto of Balance.
Their second annual wine tasting is coming up ... and in danger of selling out.
When: March 19th. 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Where:Merchant's Exchange Club (Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St.)
Who Will Pour:
Anthill Farms Winery
Au Bon Climat Winery
Calera Wine Company
Chanin Wine Company
Copain Wine Cellars
Evening Land Vineyards
Mount Eden Vineyards
The Ojai Vineyard
Wind Gap Wines