Around the World Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world.

Flight of 4 Wines: $16

2014 Matua, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

            To Go Bottle Price $16.99

2011 Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Rouge, Burgundy, France

            To Go Bottle Price $32.99

2013 Gran Moraine, Pinot Noir Yamhill Carlton, Willamette Valley, OR

            To Go Bottle Price $42.99

2014 MacMurray Ranch, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA

            To Go Bottle Price $25.99

Amazing Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the most highly prized wine in the world. But why? It’s not as rich or big as its noble cousins, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Pinot Noir wines are pale in color, translucent and their flavors are very subtle. The grape itself is weak, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, prices for a bottle of Pinot Noir are generally more than a similar quality red wine. Find out the basics to Pinot Noir wine as well as some interesting facts that make it so unique.

The Guide to Pinot Noir Wine

New Zealand Pinot Noir

On the southern island in New Zealand there is a plateau called Central Otago that gets enough sunshine throughout the season to produce rich Pinot Noir in a style similar to California. What makes New Zealand Pinot Noir unique from California Pinot is stronger spice and gamey-meaty aromas along with loads of fruit.

France Pinot Noir

In Burgundy, Pinot Noir is usually very herbaceous and light (except for pristine vintages). Earthy aromas dominate including smells similar to a brown paper bag full of mushrooms or wet leaves. Along with the earth are faint floral smells of roses, violet and a smell of fruit that leans towards raw, freshly picked cherries.

Oregon Pinot Noir

Oregon Pinot Noir is usually a few steps lighter in color and texture than California Pinot Noir; and it’s usually more tart. Expect cranberry, bing cherry fruit flavors with secondary aromas of truffle mushrooms and sometimes even a green dandelion stem flavor.

California Pinot Noir

A giant leap in flavor and intensity from the Pinot Noir in France and Germany, California Pinot Noirs are bigger, lush and more fruit-forward. Look for flavors ranging from sweet black cherry to black raspberry and secondary aromas of vanilla, clove, coca-cola and caramel.