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The Scholium Project, Pergamos 2016
This is truly one of the most perfectly composed and beautiful wines we have ever made. A co-fermentation of Merlot and Sangiovese from a hillside vineyard in Martinez. The fruit was ripe but not super-ripe; and in spite of the drought, the berries were small, but not as tiny and ridiculously tiny as they often have been. We have made a wine of finesse and balance-- we are reminded of very good, classical red Bordeaux.
I have a PhD in Ancient Greek Philosophy. Eighteen years ago, I was teaching at St. John’s College in Annapolis MD in the USA when I accidentally became entrained in grape-growing and winemaking. I had moved to Napa in California on a sabbatical, to pursue some very rudimentary studies in grapevine physiology and the relation between vine physiology and wine quality This was not for the sake of ever making wine, it was just to better ground my thinking about the philosophy of plant biology in real experience. I was fortunate enough to win some very good internships, and the second was with John Kongsgaard, who had studied extensively in Burgundy. He was nearly alone in being committed to natural yeast fermentations, infrequent racking and topping, and minimal use of sulfites and he instructed me in all of theses (then) radical techniques. He also encouraged me to experiment widely, and to accept no rules as necessary, and no principles as given except for the drive for excellence!
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