Grapes are the instrument(s)
Sun is the conductor
(The winemaker selects the speakers and adjusts the volume)
Just something going through my head for the past few weeks. I have been thinking a lot about "varietal correctness". Some of the wines we''ve made, might be a stretch of typicity, but are they still what they are? (If not, did we let them off the hook?)
But that all gets me thinking about this in terms of music-- I think of jazz banjo, something that on paper sounds nuts, stupid even. Until you hear Bela Fleck
Now the words "jazz banjo" still sound funny, but whether you like it or not, there is something already there- A music that is simply expressed by the instrument rather than created by it. At it's greatest, banjo stops being banjo, and becomes music.
We are a long way from Bela Fleck, but these are the things that keep me up at night when I start thinking of 12.2% semi-carbonic Mourvèdre.