Burgundy for 2014

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In the past, I’ve made a handful of wine resolutions for the new year. I keep some of them, I fail at others, but it’s always fun. Still being January, it’s not too late to make one for 2014. I typically go for heavier bodied red wines, preferably Old World in style, without too much extraction (Bordeaux, Brunellos, certain California Cabs that aren’t overdone, etc.). I love them, but it’s time I expanded my horizons again.

This year, I’m keeping it simple: drink more Burgundy. Subhead of said resolution: “How quickly can Austin go broke?” Burgundy ain’t cheap, but there are great bottles to be found without (hopefully) breaking the bank.

So why Burgundy? Why not pinot noir in general? I’ve found that I have typically shied away from pinot noir in the past because I haven’t liked the overtly fruity characteristics of the wine. Over time though, I’ve realized a lot of this stems from pinots made in warmer climates, like California. I like the more subtle, earthy, minerality that I notice in Burgundy pinot noirs.

That said, I’m keeping an open mind. My focus is on Burgundy, but I’ll be trying as many pinot noirs as I can this year. If they’re anything like the one in the photo above, this is going to be a great year. Santé, 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Burgundy for 2014

  1. d d b January 26, 2014 / 3:24 am

    How about Central Otago pinots?

  2. ConnieD.@TastingAndACritic January 26, 2014 / 1:13 pm

    I’m so thrilled that you posted your 2014 resolution! Burgundy it is! I just purchased this HdB as well, and truly looking forward to it!

    • The Winedown January 26, 2014 / 1:17 pm

      I thought it was great. Jealous that you have another bottle to look forward to! Mine didn’t get much air before drinking, and it was very good. Curious what a few hours of breathing would do for it.

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