Pinot Noir Wines

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Pinot noir is a grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name also classifies wines which are produced predominantly from these pinot noir grapes. Its name originates from the French language whose words mean "pine" and "black". These allude to the varietals’ firmly clustered dark purple pine cone shaped bunches when they are formed.

These types of grapes are known to be cultivated around the world but they are most especially known to thrive in the cooler regions and it is mainly associated with the Burgundy region of France. In De re Rustica, one Columnella was able to tell about a grape variety that strongly associated with Burgundy in the 1st century A.D. which sounded something like the Pinot Noir grapes. This type of grape varietal is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines that the world has ever known even though it is a variety that is quite grueling to harvest and is also one that is difficult transform into wine

This grape varietal is able to thrive in the Burgundy region of France, most notably on the Côte-d’Or which is home to the world’s best and most celebrated wines across the century. This grape variety is also planted in other regions and countries of the world namely Moldova, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and Chile.

The United States is also a producer of this grape varietal and has become a major pinot noir producer. The best of the best come from the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Sonoma Valley in California with its appellationis in the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley and the South Coasts Sta. Rita Hills region in the Sta. Barbara County and Martinborough Waipara and finally Central Otago in New Zealand.

It is known that the Pinot Noir is one of the most popular grape varietals in the world Joel Fleischmann of Vanity Fair depicts the Pinot Noir as the most romantic of wines with a perfume so voluptuous, an edge which is sweet and a punch that is so powerful it resembles falling in love and makes one’s blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic. Madeline Triffon who is a Master Sommelier describes pinot simply as sex in a glass.

The wide range of bouquets, textures and flavors that the Pinot Noir produces is equally impressive because it is known to sometimes confuse tasters. It may resemble an aroma which is reminiscent of black cherry, raspberry or currant or if it is the traditional red Burgundy, it may give a fleshy ‘farmyard’ aroma which will give a deeper flavor and color.

The different ways that it can change and be cultivated and processed gives the Pinot Noir an excellent advantage.  Whether it is excellence in its taste and aroma or the color and wonderful bouquets that it often carries, the Pinot Noir is one of the grape varieties that will always be remembered for it sensuality and its individuality as it stands out from among the rest.