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?Burgundyprove 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?Alsaceregions. 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).
Pinot Noir is a dry red wine, typically diominated by red fruit?strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles showing black plum and more delicate styles of Pinot giving citrus qualities. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age Pinot Noir can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.