Porthos mission statement
We believe that wine is a drink like no other.
While the prevailing tendency is to obsessivley categorize everything into comforting hierarchies, wine by its very nature seems to flee; it rebels against this desire to classify. Wine does not need to be ranked according to rigid quantitative paramaters so much as to be recognized and described for its distinctive characteristics.
Our goal is to celebrate diversity and communicate to our readers the emotions a wine generates in us rather than assigning it an indisputable rank in hundredths, a seemingly useful but excessively simplistic tool.
Our tasting notes highlight the qualitative differences among the wines we’ve tasted without relying on the rigid categories of a point system; they represent our method of communicating sensations and so may be less synthetic but are enormously more complete and useful. Points and symbols inevitably flatten the judgment of the reader and create an illusion of a clear hierarchy when in reality there are infinite shades of grey.
Perhaps the most important point is that we feel the responsibility to provide the reader whose time is occupied by other activities with criteria that are synthetic enough but also sufficiently analytical to allow him to make informed choices. Choice, in effect, has become the most difficult thing for all of us, the true price we pay for living in a complex and specialized society. For this reason two choices fundamental to our whole endeavor are our determination to remain intellectually and commercially independent and our decision to purchase and approach wines as our readers do.
Clearly we cannot change the uniqueness of the experience of a wine. Wine is unpredictable, in transformation in time and place. Every wine lover has experienced this unpredictability in tasting two different bottles of the same great wine. Establishing with certainty what influences this variability matters not, whether it be place, time, temperature, the very context of the tasting. What counts is the fact that the sensations offered by a bottle are often unrepeatable, and in this, perhaps, lurks part of the mystery of wine that for us represents one of the last truly vital expressions of diversity.
versione inglese a cura di Elaine Trigiani