A Wine That Made A Difference
The wine critic Stephen Tanzer, publisher of the respected International Wine Cellar, asked a number of vintners to name a person or a wine that has most inspired them in their winemaking pursuits. For Two Hands’ Michael Twelftree, it was a wine, the 1999 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie. “What I love about this wine is its multidimensional bouquet that changes dramatically over the course of a meal, and on the palate I loved its depth, richness and restrained power that can only be found in the best syrah/shiraz-based wines,” Twelftree said. Twelftree pointed to several vineyard and winery practices that have flowed from the experience of tasting this wine on multiple occasions: “My journey had led me to train the vineyard to goblet pruning, with the vines attached to stakes, just like in Côte-Rôtie, and to experiment with a high percentage of whole bunches and whole berries under longer vat times and softer pressing.” Read all of Twelftree’s remarks – and those of many other vintners – here, on Tanzer’s Winophilia site.