Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir grape is responsible for the great red wines of Burgundy in France. Excellent wines are also produced in California and Oregon as the varietal Pinot Noir. Lighter in body and far less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, or Zinfandel, as well as lighter in color, Pinot Noir is lush and soft with a silky texture. Of all the classic wine grapes, Pinot Noir is the most difficult to make into wine, as it is very sensitive to climate changes.

Pronounced

(PEE-no NWAHR)

Appearance

Dark pink to dark ruby pink

Body Style

Light to medium-bodied

Flavors

Black cherries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants, plums, spice, herbs, chocolate and cedar

Major Source

California; France (Burgundy and Champagne regions); New Zealand; and Oregon

Food Matches

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Gruyere
  • Swiss
  • Ham
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Veal
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Fully-Flavored Fish (Salmon, Tuna)

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