Unlike bunch rot, which saps life from vines under a swath of moist mid-summer air, noble rot
enhances the aromas, color, flavors and texture of wine made from late-harvest grapes, such as Far Niente Dolce.
is a player in many of the best late-harvest whites in the West, although by no means all.
Special growing conditions cause a "friendly" rot, noble rot
, to change the grapes so they become raisiny on the vine.
These wines, made with grapes that have been inflicted with botrytis, the famous noble rot
, are both fiercely sweet and wonderfully acidic, with flavors of orange and apricot that meld gorgeously with chocolate.
When Samuel Tinon, a sweet-wine maker in Bordeaux, decided to move to the Tokaji region of Hungary, he was ready to make wine from its Aszu (dried up' or 'dried out') grapes--grapes attacked by the desirable botrytis cinerea, or noble rot
Ice wine is also very crisp and slightly acidic in flavor, because it is not affected with noble rot
, like Sauternes, another intensely sweet dessert wine.
The great Sauternes of Bordeaux, Vendage Tardive from Alsace and Auslese wines of Germany all work on grapes that have noble rot
or botrytis cinerea, that attaches the grapes late in the harvest.
Currently, most Chenin Blancs are made in a traditionally fresh and fruity style, but lately some South African winemakers have experimented with oak fermentation, the introduction of noble rot
and the selective pruning of older vines to create more sophisticated, expressive wines.
Formation pathways in vinification: Introduction: Process variables in vinification; Production of ethyl alcohol: Production of individual groups of compounds: Noble rot
considers these renegades of the wine world, examining the underlying foundations of these changes from technological pressures to feuding chateaus.
Participants include Portland chefs Molly Schaefer Priest of Genoa Restaurant, Leather Storrs of Noble Rot
Restaurant, Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant and Bar, and Kristian Sadler of Dan & Louis Oyster Bar.