Restraint is not a word readily associated with the USA, the land of Man v Food, Muscle Beach and skyscrapers galore.
It has never really been on the minds of the nation’s winemakers either, as they have satisfied the tastes of Robert Parker with big, buttery Chardonnays, monstrous Zinfandels and flabby Cabernets.
But a new movement is slowly creeping in, with a generation of progressive winemakers starting to exercise a bit of restraint to produce lean, elegant, nuanced wines.
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