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Linus Hollis

For the first wine, sucker grapes from the almost universal American rootstock in Europe got into the wine. [This used to be a serious problem in Greece, too. Thanks, Pop] A little V. labrusca goes a long way.
The problem in the Santa Cruz Mountain and most North Coast appellations is Eucalyptus in proximity to the vineyards. Ever have Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Heitz? Much OZ plonc suffers from the flavor, too. My Greek-American mother said it reminded her of bad Retsina. It is a quality of terroir I don't care for much, either.

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