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Pinot Noir (France)

Pinot Noir originates from Burgundy in France.

Typical Flavors

Pinot Noir can show a crescendo of flavors.

The flavors can fan out like the colors of a Peacock Tail:


Red Cherry
Red
Cherry
Strawberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Cranberry
Cranberry

Black Cherry
Black
Cherry
Blueberry
Blueberry
Blackberry
Blackberry
Black Currant
Black
Currant

Herbs
Herbs
Spices
Spices
Mushroom
Mushroom
Violet
Violet

Oak added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cinnamon
Cinnamon
Chocolate
Chocolate
Tobacco
Tobacco

Flavors of Cherries and Wild Berries are the most common Pinot Noir flavors.

Hints of Herbs, Flowers, Mushroom, and Soil.

Oaked wines will have added notes of Vanilla, Spices, Chocolate, Tobacco, and Oak.

Profile

Pinot Noir is famous for a silky mouth feel, low tannins, lovely fruit aromas, and good acidity:

BODYLight
TANNINSLow
FRUITMedium - High
ACIDITYHigh
Serving temperature:
14-15°C (57-59°F)
Cru 15-16°C (59-61°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Antipasti
Salami
Salami
Ham
Ham
Soup
Soups

Pasta
Pasta
Mushroom
Mushroom
Risotto
Risotto
Truffle
Truffle

Pizza
Pizza
Sandwitch
Sandwitch
Hamburger
Hamburger
Chili
Chili

Goose
Goose
Duck
Duck
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork

Pinot Noir is very food friendly and can be paired with a wide variety of dishes, especially grilled or roasted white meat.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Charcuterie. Salmon. Tuna.
Mushroom. Truffle.
Roasted Mushrooms. Mushroom Risotto.
Soups. Beef Burgundy.
Grilled. Roasted White Meat.
Poultry. Duck. Goose. Rabbit.
Grilled Pork. Ham. Bacon.

Spices:
Basil. Cilantro. Coriander. Mint.

Cheese:
Comté. Brie. Camembert. Jarlsberg. Goat.

If You Like Pinot Noir

You Will Also Like:

Bardolino (Italy)
Beaujolais (France)
Blauburgunder (Austria)
Cinsault (France)
Etna Rosso (Italy)
Gamay (France)
Lambrusco (Italy)
Pinot Nero (Italy)
Trollinger (Germany)
Valpolicella (Italy)
Vernatch (Italy)
Zweigelt (Austria)

The Ideal Glass

The Burgundy glass is perfect for a light and fruity red wine.

The glass is broader than other red wine glasses.

The larger bowl has the function of accumulating the aromas of delicate red wines. It also allows a proper swirling, channeling the aromas upwards.

In addition, the style of the glass directs the wine to the tip of your tongue for a better reception of the tastes.

About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir originates from Burgundy in France where it has become known as Red Burgundy, just like Chardonnay from Burgundy has become known as White Burgundy.

The name Pinot (Pine) Noir (Black) was given to the grape because the grape cluster looks like a black pine.

Pinot Noir thrives in cooler regions all over the world, like in Burgundy with "Cool Climate" and "Slow Ripening".

Pinot Noir is a thin-skinned grape and, as a consequence, the color of the wine is light red. Thin skin means also low tannins.

The color of a Pinor Noir wine is often quite transparent, light berry red or blue, and more orange or brown when aged.

Pinot Noir is a World Classic. It is one of the most cultivated grapes in the world. and famous for its ability of interpreting the terroir.

Pinot Noir synonyms: Pinot Nero. Pinot Negro. Spätburgunder. Blauburgunder.

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Pinot Noir in France

The most famous (and expensive) Pinot Noir wines in the world come from Burgundy in France. The top regions are Côte d´Or (Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune) in North Burgundy.

The reason back this success is the unique terroir (limestone) and climate which gives a wide palette of sensory experience (Peacock Tail). This is also the reason why you never find the name of the grape variety (Pinot Noir) on the label, but only the place of production.

Bourgogne (Burgundy)

Bourgogne has 5 wine-producing regions: Chablis Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Châtillonnais.

Burgundy

Primary Grapes:

60% Pinot Noir
35% Chardonnay

The vineyards of Bourgogne stretch over 230 km from North to South.

The presence of two great rivers: Yonne in the North and Saône in the East and a temperate semi-continental climate, make it the perfect place to cultivate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Pinot Noir in Europe

France

The most famous (and expensive) Pinot Noir wines in the world come from Burgundy in France.

Austria (Blauburgunder)

In Austria, most of the Pinot Noir is produced in Burgenland wine region, South of Vienna. Best kept secret: lot of quality for the money.

Germany (Spätburgunder)

In Germany, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red grape.

Italy (Pinot Nero)

In Italy, most Pinot Noir is planted in Trentino, Alto Adige, Friuli, and Veneto.
Pinot Noir also plays a main role in Franciacorta.

Switzerland

In Switzerland, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red grape.

Pinot Noir in the New World

USA

The cold climates of Oregon and North California are perfect for Pinot Noir.

Best known areas/regions:
Willamette Valley (Oregon)
Sonoma Coast (North Coast CA)
Los Carneros (Sonoma and Napa)
Santa Barbara County (Central Coast CA)

Argentina

Pinor Noir trives in the cooler climates of Argentina.

Best known area/region:
Patagonia

Australia

In general, Australia is too warm for producing a well balanced Pinot Noir, but some areas in Victoria (with cooling winds from the Southern Ocean) have proven well.

Best known areas/regions:
Yarra Valley (Victoria)
Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

Chile

Pinor Noir trives well in the cooler climates of Chile. The coastal regions of Chile can deliver some of the best values in the world.

Best known areas/regions:
Casablanca Valley
San Antonio
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New Zealand

Pinot Noir is New Zealand's second largest grape variety (after Sauvingnon Blanc).

Best known areas/regions:
Martinborough (North Island)
Central Otago (South Island)
Marlborough (South Island)

South Africa

In South Africa, Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red grape. Most of the production is focused on the cool south coast.

Best known area/region:
Walker Bay

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