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Originally posted by Sandy Fitzgerald:
I have long held the belief that great wines are made in the vineyards. Nowdays, that belief is sometimes shaken.

I have seen, over the past 15 years, such an explosion of wine manipulation devices(cone spinners, reverse osmosis, concentrators, and ole mega-Purple, etc.)that, in fact, sometimes turns out excellent wines from not so good fruit. Sometimes, the product tastes like some Frankenstein created monster, but other times a quite worthy product appears. These devices are becoming common in many wineries, indivdually or collectively. I don't know where it goes from here, or sometime what the definition of wine is. But we are seeing some mad scientist/winemakers, with young fruit, create some interesting compounds.


I have seen those things too & at a serious cost they can help "clean-up" wines by removing some "bad" components but they cannot add complexity that the grapes didn't have to start with. Usually this stuff is used on a small portion of a large blend of a mid-priced wine.
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