Food & Wine Magazine: On the Rocks

Minerality is the Wine Buzz Word of the Moment, But What Does it Mean Exactly?

Some wines, mostly white, have a kind of stoniness. Or mineral character. Or something. The aroma or taste of Chablis can recall the bottom of a box of blackboard chalk (in a good way). The flinty-smoky note in Pouilly-Fume is so distinctive that it gave the wine its name (fumee, smoke). Other wines can taste a tiny bit salty or saline.

2016 Massican Gemina: For his Massican project, Napa Valley Winemaker Dan Petroski, focuses on Northern Italian wine varieties – like this crisp blend of Pinot Grigio and Greco with a finish that has a distinctly seaside salinity.

– Ray Isle

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