08 Consistency of Rhone Valley Wines
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Why is the Northern Rhone subject to vintage variability?
- Continental climate
- Inconsistent and unpredictable weather
Is the Northern Rhone more consistent than Beaujolais or Burgundy?
Describe how Cru vineyards are planted
- On well-exposed slopes to maximize sunshine hours
- Sheltered from the Mistral wind, hail, snow, etc.
Why is the Southern Rhone NOT subject to vintage variability?
- Most vintages are "classic" because of predictable and good weather patterns
- More variation is found in the AOC law and winemaking techniques than in the climate
Name some good and bad vintages in the Southern Rhone
- Superb vintages: 2003-2010
- Hot vintage: 2003 produced greater intensity of color, fruit, and tannin than typical
- Bad vintage: 2002 floods wiped out much of the crop (rating 11/20 in South and 13/20 in North)
- Vintages good for whites but not reds: 2000 in North, abd 2002 and 2008 in North and South
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