One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of?Burgundy?prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of?Champagne?as well as on its own in?France?s?Loire Valley?and?Alsace?regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in?Oregon,?California?and?New Zealand?with smaller amounts in?Chile,?Germany?(as Sp?tburgunder) and?Italy?(as Pinot Nero).
Gew?rztraminer is bold and highly aromatic, with intense flavors of lychee, rose petal, ginger, musk, exotic spice, smoke, pineapple, apricot kernel and peach. Wines range from bone dry to quite sweet and its naturally low acidity is offset by high levels of skin-derived phenolics, which in addition to aromatics, provide weight and a good structural grip.