5 Facts About Pinot Noir that You Should Know

Did you know that Pinot Noir is ranked among the 10 most planted grape varieties in the world? This amazing, sophisticated wine is admired by millions of wine enthusiasts who would go at lengths to find a good, quality bottle of Pinot Noir.

This wine is fickle and can have a variety of flavours which greatly depends on the vintage and the fact where it is grown. You can easily find Pinot Noir online as well as offline, as the demand for this exquisite wine is on the rise. To many people, Pinot Noir is pricey mystery and for that reason we compiled the 5 most interesting facts you should know to get a better picture of the king of the red wines.

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  • Pinot Noir is one of the oldest wines that still exist today. The most famous region for growing Pinot Noir is Burgundy in France. There is evidence that this wine existed in Burgundy as early as the 4th century AD.
  • Pinot Noir is among the most expensive wine varietals in the world. The high prices are a result of the fact that Pinot Noir grapes are really hard to cultivate. It is one of the toughest and most expensive grapes to grow. It requires specific conditions – warm days and cool nights. In case there is a slight deviation from these conditions, the grapes have problems ripening. This grape is very sensitive to soil types, light, and is vulnerable to diseases due to its thin skin. Moreover, the yeast strains and fermentation process can kill even a good harvest of grapes. As you can see, there are a lot of details that need to be paid attention to in order to produce a high-quality Pinot Noir. Therefore, it is no wonder that its prices on Pinot Noir online and offline stores are that high.
  • Pinot Noir has tannin! This wine is usually noted because of its natural ability to be lighter than other red wines and have low tannin. However, a recent wine tasting in Burgundy showed that Pinot Noir can have a lot of tannin. How is this possible? This is due to the fact that many winemakers produce Pinot Noir with the technique called ‘Whole Cluster Fermentation’. With this type of production, the whole grape bunch, including the stems, goes into the fermenter and crusher.
  • Pinot Noir has delightful aromas of a mixture of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, cinnamon, violets, mushrooms, truffles, rose petals as well as fresh earth.
  • When translated literally, Pinot Noir means “pine black”. This is no coincidence since on the vine, the grapes bunch into a “pine cone” shape and its dark purple colour makes it look as if the grapes are black.
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