A good wine announces its origins through its flavors and aroma, immediately conveying its connection to the earth. When, in 1988, we uncorked a bottle of Edmunds St. John (made with Mt. Veeder Mourvèdre) for Domaine Tempier's François Peyraud, his praise was the highest: La terre parle (the earth speaks). We had set out to make wine that both pleased the palate and reached the soul, and it seemed we had succeeded.
Good winemaking ensures that the echo of the earth remains in the wine as it evolves from grape to bottle.