Clarification on what climates are best for high tannin grapes?
I am reading the Wine Bible right now. I think the book initially made a point that cold climates can't easily produce full bodied high tannin reds because that requires them to be very ripe, which is difficult to do when it's cold. So they need to pick thin grapes that are delicate to hot climate to coax some body out of them (Example Burgundy).
Now that I am onto Italy, it seems backwards. The author painted Piedmont as a rough cold terrain that grows nebbiolo to match the rough climate. Why would Barolo, which is known for being rough and powerful in tannin, be grown in a region that shouldn't be able to grow grapes like that?
Or am I missing something else?
Submitted July 05, 2017 at 06:37PM by OutofPlaceOneLiner
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