The practice of cultivating vineyards on a biodynamic schedule, with all the weird, sort of strange harvest under a particular moon and the burying of things like ram’s horns filled with excrement is… well, just weird. Everyone in the wine world has his/her own view as to whether any of this makes a difference… but, I would like to offer up one thing that I think sets this thing straight: however strange and pointless these rituals may seem, the end result is that, with biodynamic wines what we inevitably see are winemakers paying greater attention to their vineyards. They monitor every subltle nuance of the vines thriving in their vineyards. This is, quite simply, the way it should be. Drink anything from N. Joly and you will soon understand this distinction…

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