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Most people think big, bold flavors when they hear 'red wine' but that's not always the case... meet Pinot Noir. Pinots have a more subtle flavor with varying notes of berry, vanilla, tobacco, mushroom and more. Pinot Noir has a much lighter body than other red wines. Translucent in color and a muted nose only add to the complexity of this exceptionally popular wine. The medium to high acidity give this red wine a clean dry finish in the palate.
Is Pinot Noir Dry or Sweet?
For a wine to be considered sweet, there must a presence of residual sugar within the juice. Pinot Noir is generally always vinified dry, however, many New World expressions, particularly from warmer areas, will have a more fruit-forward flavor profile than Old World expressions. Aging in new American oak can also create a 'sweet' sensation on the palate for Pinot Noirs, despite the wine being vinified dry.
What is the Difference Between Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir?
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir are three entirely different grape varieties, creating completely different styles of wine. Generally speaking, Cabernet Sauvignon based wines tend to be bold and fruit-forward with higher tannins, while Pinot Noir based wines tend to be lighter-bodied and earthier, with a less austere tannic structure. Merlot based wines almost always fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
What are the best food pairing with Pinot Noir?
Pinot Noir is considered a wine that pairs well with many different types of dishes - from salmon and lighter fish to more rich meats like duck or even roast beef. Pinot pairs very well with creamy dishes and grilled foods as well. The medium to high acidity in Pinot Noir wines helps to cut through fat and heighten flavors.Stick to rich flavors rather than overly spiced dishes to complement well with the wine.
As with most red wines, we recommend serving Pinot Noir wine slightly below room temperature. Chill your wine in the fridge and remove about 30-40 minutes before serving, if you have a wine fridge store your wine at 55 degree Fahrenheit and remove 10 minutes before serving.
Where is Pinot Noir Wine produced?
Pinot Noir grapes are grown practically everywhere. The highest growth (measured in total hectares of vineyard) happens in France (born in the famous Côte-d'Or region), US, and Germany respectively.
Pinot Noir in Sideways
Unlike the fate of Merlot, which took a serious turn for the worse, the 2004 film Sideways actually boosted Pinot Noir's already stellar reputation across America. The film's neurotic main character shows an obsessive love for Pinot Noir, singing the praises of this French grape variety, while simultaneously trashing that of Merlot; believe it or not, film-goers actually took these opinions pretty seriously, affecting sales across -- for better or for worse-- across the country!
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