Pinot Noir Wine


Perhaps the toughest grape to grow, pinot noir is well worth the effort that is put into giving them constant care and investment. This fickle grape will demand optimum growing conditions. It prefers warm days and must be consistently supported by cooler evenings. With a lighter and medium bodied fruit, it is an ideal red wine.

Burgundy’s most famous and most Noble grape, Pinot Noir is well known and loved as the famous Red Burgundy in most of the world. Found amongst the most elegant of wines throughout France, it’s planted in regions near and far including Oregon, New Zealand, California, Australia, France, Chile, Spain, Italy and Germany.

With stringent growth requirements, it’s produced in smaller quantities than most other popular red wine grapes. You’ll likely pay a bit more for a pinot noir, however, the supply and demand theory kicks in. There are some producers that have hit the exact mark at $10 and are very worth checking out. Among the budget brands you’ll find Robert Mondavi Private Selection, Mark West, Mirrasou and Cupcake. Check out their Value Pinot Noir reviews if you have any questions about the quality. If you wish you could take some time and take a peek at the Top 10 PIcks here. Keep in mind that aging potential isn’t as dominant in this variety as the grapes tanin is on the light side when compared to a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pinot Noir

Flavor Profile

This dry red wine will typically exhibit a fruit character such as strawberry, raspberry, cherry or blackberry taking the pick of the palate. The notable and earth driven layers are very common in Pinot with herbal, leather, mushroom and game type qualities being very familiar. Warm spicy notes make their way to your palate and are often in the form of cinnamon, or clove and smoky tobacco nuances.

Enjoying the red wine palate profile in white wines, the lighter more bodied rich fruit flavors give it a step up in both red and white wine drinkers. Pinot Noir is one of the most well suited in ethnic dishes and classic cuisines as well as traditional food favorites. Due in part to the consistent acidity, it’s subtle flavors, silky tannins and the light bodied style. It’s perfect with pork, poultry, beef, bacon, cheeses and chocolates. Fish, lambs, mushrooms and fresh herbs as well as wild game. It pairs very well with cream sauces, spiced seasonings and is one of the wines considered by many to be the most versatile of all food wines to be had in the wine market today.