Jan 21 2010

Pinot Noir – Wine Guide

Published by at 7:31 pm under Pinot Noir

pinot-noir Pinot Noir is one of my favorites wines, but we can learn about this wine by looking at the grapes, so keep reading to find out more.

Pinot Noir is well known as being a more difficult grape to grow and make wine from, but wineries still go to the trouble to make it due to high consumer demand.

Being such a great grape, Pinot Noir is grown all over the world. Everywhere from Algeria, Australia, Brazil, and France to California have vineyards growing this grape.

Some of the major aromas and flavors you’ll get from a Pinot Noir are fruit, floral, herbal, and spice.

Some of the fruit flavors are strawberry, cherry and raspberry.

The major floral flavors are violet and rose petals.

A few of the spices are cinnamon, rosemary, and peppermint.

The herbal flavors and aromas include oregano, green tea, and black olive.

This light red is one of the oldest red wines, dating as far back as before the Roman invasion.

Pinot Noir grapes are also the major component in Burgundy.

The color can range from a dark purple color to a red color.

As like most reds, Pinot Noir pairs well with red meats and red sauce pasta. Although, unlike Merlot, this wine should not be paired with heavier beef dishes. A lighter red wine should be paired with lighter beef dishes.

Pinot Noir should be served at a little bit under room temperature and a bit colder than a heavier red vino. While most reds should be served at around 65 degrees F, Pinot Noir should be as cold as 60 degree F.

Most wines need a few years of aging but Pinot Noir often needs more. A nice bottle can age up to 10 years or more.

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