Babcock Winery and Vineyard: The Cutting Edge of Vine Evolution [Part 2]
Great wines don’t make statements, they pose questions. To end with an exclamation mark is easy; when a question mark, perhaps not more difficult, but far more interesting. - Hugh Johnson
Now that said, here is the promised part two of the afternoon I spent getting to know Babcock wines a bit better and I'd like to point out, that I'm very grateful for Bryan Babcock's time that afternoon, and thanks to who ever it was that took the time to reach out to me via twitter with the invitation. It's these moments, I spend with the folks behind the labels seen on the shelf of your favorite wine store, that I really get a better sense of why, they do what they do, and see the passion up close and personal. I'm here to tell you, it is real and in each wine you can sense it, and taste it. It's the same passion I have for writing my thoughts here, to share with each of you.
“The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” A singles hitter doesn't scare anybody." ~ Earl Weaver
"Wine is the prism we look through to the past while enjoying the present." - @twomey Winemaker Erin Miller
It's a big wine, one I'd lay down for long term cellaring to properly enjoy down the road, after it has had a chance to shake off some of its youthfulness. Broken rocks, fresh pre-dunked tea bags, brown sugar, cherries, cranberries and cola. The finish is on and on and on. All the fruit for this wine is from Bryan's famously well known Block 9, where he declared aloud before buying it over the phone, this vineyard is the mecca of the Sta Rita Hills. If you visit and happen to run into Bryan, make sure you ask to hear the story behind the acquisition of this block. My score for this wine is 93 points.
"Making wine can be best described as attempting to write poetry in a language you don't understand." ~ Some winemaker, somewhere in time!
"The reason for the lighter [soil] appearance in Radical is its rocks. Dude, Radical’s rocks are soooo rad! They look like someone, God?, painted them."~ Bryan Babcock
If you hope for a chance to secure any of the upcoming 2013, you better take the steps necessary to do so now, or you'll be left on the outside looking in. Nothing but real soul and substance found here, don't miss it. Until next folks remember, life is short, don't settle for commodity wines, sip long and prosper cheers!