Pinot Noir Grape
The Pinot Noir grape is a dark skinned variety of the Vitis Vinifera grape. It is used to make medium to full bodied red wine, and is also used to make sparkling wines and Champagne such as the famed Blanc de Noirs. The Pinot Noir grape's origins are from the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noir is a very popular and widely planted grape variety that is notoriously difficult to grow, requiring warm days and cool nights to mature properly. Pinot Noir is the grape behind the great red wines of Burgundy, France.
Some of the notable regions around the world where the Pinot Noir is grown include:
- Burgundy and Champagne, France
- New Zealand
Some Pinot Noir wines, such as those from Burgundy, can benefit from 3 to 12 years of bottle aging.
Wine made from Pinot Noir grapes is typically smooth and rich with soft tannins. It exhibits cherry and strawberry aromas and flavors, and some describe hints of tea-leaf, damp earth, or worn leather.
Pinot Noir is typically served at room or cellar temperature (see: Wine Serving Temperature). Pinot Noir is an excellent wine for serving with a wide variety of food such as chicken, grilled seafood such as grilled salmon, lamb and other simple red meat dishes.
Other Names for Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir may also be known by the following names:
- Pinot Nero
More Information About Pinot Noir
- Pinot Noir, from Wikipedia