|WICE Wine Afficiondo, Jennifer Jedda|
But if you prefer Burgundy, you join a community of wine lovers who truly appreciate the elegance and range of the ethereal Pinot Noir grape.
What makes Burgundy wines so unique is the strong relationship of the Pinot Noir grape with the terroir (soil, sun, wind, temperature). This grape, more than any other, lets nature speak through it. However, Pinot needs constant care and attention to bring it to its fullest expression. The wise Burgundy winemaker knows to let the terroir and grape do the talking—to create wine with no winemaker ego, no dominating "style." And, as Miles said in the film Sideways when he made Pinot Noir a star, "Its flavors ... they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ... ancient on the planet."
We smelled and tasted the differences in the wines made from vines grown in limestone-rich soil (more feminine) and those grown in the more clayey soils (more masculine). We learned to tell the difference between a Chambole-Musigny and a Nuits-St-Georges and decide which we liked better and why. We reviewed the good recent vintages (2006, 2007) and the underrated (good value!) vintage (2004). We studied the range of red fruit that can present in the flavors of Pinot—from darker reds like cherries to those fruits that sing with a higher voice, such as raspberries and strawberries. We learned how to pronounce Vosne (Vone) Romanée and how many months it will take us to save our money for a bottle of wine coming from the vineyard called Romanée Conti, considered one of the best Burgundy wines.
|WICE Wine Instructor Tom Boothe|
The repeat of the Burgundy Côte de Nuits tasting is scheduled for February 17. There are also spaces left in the newly announced Comparative Earthinesses tasting on March 16 and in the Provincial Geniuses tastings on April 5 or April 13. Coming up in May and June, we have a Chardonnay tasting and a rare German wine tasting. Come and join the fun!
Photos and post by Meredith Mullins.