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MORE ABOUT Pinot Noir

Description

Pinot noir is a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. Pinot noir is almost certainly a very ancient variety that may be only one or two generations removed from wild, Vitis sylvestris, vines. Its origins are nevertheless unclear.Pinot noir is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.The grape’s tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot. The grape produces mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied and low-tannin wines. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wine ages, pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and “barnyard” aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine

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