A Pure & Primo Pinot (Seeds, Stems Included)
The trouble with wines from Napa Valley — and pretty much every major grape-crushing region — are the legacy producers that style their wines for the mass market, big distribution and wholesale accounts. The problem is the rich fruit from the region is often wasted on over-aging in oak, too much sugar, and other additives that take away from the essence of the wine itself and its epicenter: the grape.
Seth Cripe, a longtime artisanal producer in Napa and author of our Purist’s Picnic Challenge, takes a different approach, making him a rebel of Napa County. He chooses to celebrate the grape itself — radically so — harvesting clusters of grapes to include the stems in his harvest, and doesn’t use any oak whatsoever.
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