Aged soil is the foundation of complex wine

10/24/2013 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Soil composition can greatly influence the flavor and finish of wine, writes wine expert Bill St. John. Granite-enriched soil provides rich, acidic tones, while volcanic soils can create long-lasting profiles that emphasize structure over fruit. "The older soils give a wine that's more complicated," said Luisa Ponzi, winemaker at Oregon's Ponzi Vineyards.

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