It’s a taste-off between California vs France
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
A flight of 4 wines. Which do you prefer?
2015 Chardonnay, Chablis, Burgundy, France
2015 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA
2012 Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France
2012 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA or 2015 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA
Chardonnay vs Pinot Noir
Chardonnay is a green grape variety that is used to make white wine worldwide. The Chardonnay grape originates from the Burgundy region of France, but is now grown anywhere in the world where wine is made.
The grape itself is somewhat neutral in flavor. As a result, many of the flavors found in Chardonnay wines are a result of how it was grown and processed. Chardonnay wines tend to be medium or light bodied, with acidic fruit flavors such as citrus and melon.
Pinot Noir is Burgundy's most famous noble grape. Known and loved as "Red Burgundy" in much of the world, Pinot Noir is among the most elegant wines coming out of France.
Today, Pinot Noir is planted in regions around the world including Oregon, California, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy. Pinot Noir may be the toughest grape to grow, but the effort is often well worth the constant care and investment. It is a fickle grape that demands optimum growing conditions, preferring warm days consistently supported by cool evenings.
Pinot Noir is a dry, red wine. It typically exhibits a fruit-forward character, with strawberry, cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit dominating the palate. Notable earth-driven layers are also quite common in a glass of Pinot.