• Diebolt-Vallois 1998 Fleur de Passion

    We often think that a given wine should be consistently the same each time we drink it, and yet this is a completely unrealistic expectation, considering the innumerable variables that affect our experience. I have been spending the last few weeks in Portland, Oregon, which is one of the most beautiful places to be in late July and early August. Thanks to the mild, pleasant weather, I’ve spent much of my time outside, and I’ve been reminded again of how much tasting outdoors can alter our experience of a wine.

    The other day, for example, a friend served me a bottle of 1998 Diebolt-Vallois Fleur de Passion. In recent tastings, this wine has typically been backwards and constricted, yet outside on my friend's deck it was surprisingly plush, showing
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