Pinot Noir |

Once a bottle of Pinot Noir is poured into a glass, the first thing you notice is that the wine is much lighter in colour than other red wines.

The light colour immediately tells of a special type of red wine with amazing characteristics that will intrigue the natural wine lover.

What is Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is red wine made from thin-skinned grapes which grows in small, tight bunches and are largely linked to Burgundy’s Côte d’Or – although it is still grown in other regions of the world.

If you are an avid drinker of red wine, then you must have had a glass of Pinot Noir a couple of times. But how much of the sublime drink do you know?

Here are amazing facts about Pinot Noir that we put together for you:

  • Pinot Noir is considered the most highly prized wine in the world. In March 2013, six magnums of 1995 DRC sold for $27,300 USD each.
  • Due to the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. That notwithstanding, the best wines have a fruity grip, complexity and intensity hardly found in wine from other grapes.
  • It is one of France’s oldest wine grapes traceable to the 1st century. Cistercian Monks cultivated the grape in Burgundy; some of the old monasteries still stand to this day.
  • Young Pinot Noir grapes have a sweet smell that reminds you of freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When the grapes are mature, the wine gives of a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours.
  • Pinot Noir flavors and aromas include roses, fruits, black cherry, berry, and currant. However, the flavour depends heavily where it is grown and how the wine maker treats it, so a good winery can produce exceptional wines.
  • Because Pinot Noir is lighter, it’s popularity has grown in recent years especially with a trend toward more restrained, less alcoholic wines being at or around 12% alcohol by volume.
  • Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. It is finicky and can produce poor wines even when the wine maker does follows the right wine making procedure.
  • Pinot Noir pairs well with most Meats (except for wild game), grilled poultry, fish, pork, beef and lamb. As a matter of emphasis, it goes well with Italian and Mexican foods.
  • Other names for Pinot Noir are Blauburgunder and Spätburgunder.
  • Other than Burgundy, other popular regions where Pinot Noir is grown include Champagne, California, Oregon and Marlborough.

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