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June 2011
Product Review: Yeast for Pinot Noir
Finding yeast for the heartbreak grape
by Curtis Phillips
Pinot Noir is properly called the “heartbreak grape” by author Marq DeVillers. I was reminded of this recently when I opened a vineyard-designated Anderson Valley Pinot Noir that was on special in our local market. The Anderson Valley is one of my favorite California appellations for Pinot Noir, but this particular wine broke my heart. This wine had elevated volatile acidity (VA), detectable Brett, some sulfurous aromas (more mercaptans than H2S), and it was oxidized. Tasting the win...
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