Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is becoming more and more popular, though it is still not easy to figure it out. Even though it is one of the oldest grape varieties in the world. Dividing grape variety: you love it or you hate it, there is no middle ground. Now, let’s try to get closer to getting to know the ‘Delicate Miss’.

Pinot Noir is one of the most planted red grape varieties on the globe and it is the world’s most popular light-bodied red wine as well. Without a doubt, nowadays the cult of wines made with Pinot Noir is mainstream.

Wines of Burgundy

The dominant red wine grape of Burgundy is grown all around the world these days and used to make red wines far and wide. However, it can be founded mostly in cooler climates.

Most premium Burgundy red wines are made from this grape variety. In Burgundy, it can also be blended with another red grape variety called Gamay, from which Beaujolais is made purely.

It has been called by many names in France and other wine-producing countries but the name itself is derived from the French words for pine (pinot) and black (noir) meaning ‘black pine cone’. The largest producers are France, the United States, and Germany. In Germany, it’s commonly called “Spätburgunder”.

However it can be vintage-dependent, Pinot Noir is a typically low-yielding variety. Probably this factor also contributed to the fact that wineries produce higher, premium category dry red wines rather than bulk wines from Pinot Noir.

Although it is made in many styles due to its geographical range, it is usually characterized by a relatively low tannin content and a lighter shade of color.

Very sensitive variety

It is most often contrasted with another internationally known red grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the major differences between them is that while Pinot Noir is particularly sensitive in many ways, it requires a great deal of attention in both the vineyard and the cellar, the same is not true of Cab Sav at this level.

Characteristics

When tasting Pinot Noir which has a natural ability to be lighter than other red wines with high acidity, you may note its floral style with low tannins and red fruits aroma of cherry, red berries and some earthy, vegetal and gamey notes. And don’t forget that oak barrels can add spice but rarely dominate Pinot Noir wines. Aging in oak barrels can add more tannins, notes of wood, vanilla, clove, caramel, toast to it. If it has grown on a warmer climate you can taste chocolate, cigars, plums, and cedar.

The style of Pinot Noir is on the lighter end of the red wine spectrum. Pinot Noir is one of the most desired styles of wine on earth. It is coveted and collectible.

In general, its lightness is what wine consumers like. Without a doubt, it is the most romanticized red wine in the world.

Food pairing

It works well with some foods that you might normally think of pairing with a white wine: seafoods and white meats for example.

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