Thursday, June 6, 2013

Variety the Spice of Life; Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir makes some of the lightest red wines around. They can sometimes be fuller bodied than normal and stretch into the medium body red wine territory.  No matter how light-bodied a Pinot Noir may be; it will also be complex and nuanced.  It might take a discerning palate to notice all the layers of flavor and hints of tastes, making this wine one that is always SOPHISTICATED and when it is really good; sensuous.

Flavors Commonly Experienced :
  • Strawberry
  • Cranberry
  •  Mushroom
  • Mint
  • Vanilla  Smoky / Oak    
  • Violet
  • Floral  
  • Underbrush  

Pinot Noir grows well in cool climates around the world, including California, New Zealand and France it's home.  Pinot Noir was already in Burgundy when the Romans invaded Gaul and it was among the first vines to be domesticated and cultivated.  It's name, dates to the fourth century; "Pinot" which comes from its small pinecone shaped clusters and "Noir" it's dark almost black color.  With the notable exception of Champagne, Pinot Noir is almost never blended with other grapes. 

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