10 Questions for Paul Draper: Question Number Eight!
We’re coming to the finish line of our special ten-question series with Paul Draper; only three more Q & A’s to go, with Number Eight dropping today! Enjoy, and please keep your questions coming, we look very forward to posting a reader-led edition soon …
8- What is the advantage of blending several different plots and varieties?
As in Bordeaux, in the Medoc, the combination of a major part Cabernet Sauvignon with lesser amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot makes a finer, more complex wine than 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Likewise by selecting parcels that produce the most complex wines, and blind tasting to make sure that they complement each other, you can make a finer wine from a number of parcels than from a single parcel.
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(“10 Questions for Paul Draper” questions composed by Rodrigo Mainardi of Mistral, Brazlian Distributor for Ridge Vineyards)
Paul Draper grew up on an eighty-acre farm in the Chicago suburb of Barrington. After attending the Choate School and receiving a degree in philosophy from Stanford University, he lived for two years in northern Italy. Later he attended the University of Paris and traveled extensively in France, gaining practical experience in traditional winemaking. In the mid-sixties, with a close friend, he set up a small winery in the coast range of Chile and produced several vintages of cabernet sauvignon. He joined Ridge Vineyards in 1969, and presently resides atop Monte Bello Ridge with his wife Maureen and daughter Caitlin. He is known for his crafting of fine cabernets and chardonnays from the Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels.
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