It’s the existence of a particular and singular terroir inside of a wine. It’s the expression of place within aromatics and flavors. This is the elusive quality all great winemakers strive for, and it’s certainly the element of wine tasting that all wine drinkers can agree is the most exciting.
“Soil to Glass Transfer” (or “STGT”) is what makes Syrah from the Northern Rhone different from Syrah from California. STGT is what makes one Nebbiolo taste different from another- even if the vineyards are only meters apart. STGT is the defining quality for the great wines of the world.
Thank you, Peter Neptune, for distilling down the answer to a wine lover’s biggest question- what makes a good wine truly great?– into four little letters.