Tasting a lot of wine can lead to a sense of being easily distrated. Earlier this week, between tasting Gavi, various Langhe rossi and Barolo, I popped into the back of the office to chat with our art department — all of whom were too busy to deal with me.
Poking around in their accumulated vinous ephemera however was quite rewarding. Among the treasure was this plastic bottle containing a soil sample from the Lytton Springs vineyard, a mixed plot of old vines (mostly zinfandel) planted at the southern end of Dry Creek Valley, not far from the town of Healdsburg. Check out these old river deposits/mixed rocky clay soils from the vineyard: