Pinot Noir Grapes Wine

Pinot Noir Grapes Wine

A difficult 'customer' described by one well-known winemaker as a 'moving target of a grape variety', on top form Pinot Noir can make the most complex and hedonistic of red wines. Pinot Noir has fewer coloring pigments (anthocyanins) than other dark-skinned varieties, so it can appear to be lighter or more aged, when compared to wines such as Malbec from Argentina which can be dark and almost inky on occasions. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, such as the wines from the likes of Romanée Conti in Burgundy's Côte D'Or.

Pinot Noir is a prime example of the importance of terroir, the term used to describe the growing conditions of the grape such as the soil, drainage, microclimate, and exposure to the sun. Pinot Noir is an excellent wine when the grapes have been grown in Burgundy but an altogether more challenging prospect when grown elsewhere.

Carneros and the Central of California, Oregon, the Yarra Valley, and cooler spots in Australia, are consistently producing 'typical' and different expressions of Pinot Noir. New Zealand, via Martinborough, Marlborough, Central Otago and South Africa, via Walker Bay, are also now producing decent Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir nose is often reminiscent of raspberry, strawberry, and redcurrant when young, taking on subtle, earthy, leafy, prune-like aromas with age. It is also one of the classic Champagne varieties.

Pinot Noir grapes can be found in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne and Sancerre in France, Germany (Spätburgunder), Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and California, Oregon and Washington States in the United States.

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