Found Objects

A perfect Syrah cluster at Minnick – a destiny of iron and leather

“It is with good reason, says Sancho to the squire with the great nose, that I pretend to have a judgment in wine: This is a quality hereditary in our family. Two of my kinsmen were once called to give their opinion of a hogshead, which was supposed to be excellent, being old and of a good vintage. One of them tastes it; considers it; and after mature reflection pronounces the wine to be good, were it not for a small taste of leather, which he perceived in it. The other, after using the same precautions gives also his verdict in favor of the wine; but with the reserve of a taste of iron, which he could easily distinguish. You cannot imagine how much they were both ridiculed for their judgment. But who laughed in the end? On emptying the hogshead, there was found at the bottom, an old key with a leathern thong tied to it.”

– From Don Quixote by way of Hume’s The Standard of Taste.

Thanks to Mr. Devin Fitzpatrick

About Morgan

Liquid enthusiast. Sommelier and wine communicator living and working in New York City.
This entry was posted in Everything Else, Viticulture, Walla Walla, Wine History. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply