About Pinot Noir Red Wine

About Pinot Noir Red Wine
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.

Top Picks for Pinot Noir

G.H. Mumm NV RSRV Rosé Foujita Brut Champagne
96 points
$85
Well balanced between fruit and baked flavors with complex acidity; a stunning, exceptional example of rosé Champagne that lingers on long after you are finished.
G.H. Mumm NV Grand Cordon Brut Rosé Champagne
95 points
$55
Simply delicious, and loaded with vibrant red fruit and balanced with refreshing citrus; a prudent host should have one of these chilled at all times for any unexpected occasion that might arise.
Champagne Lallier NV Grand Rosé Brut Champagne
95 points
$80
Delicious red berries, fresh ripe citrus notes and soft bubbles; bring this for summer afternoons on the boat.
Boitano Cellars 2019 828 Clone Pinot Noir
95 points
$75
Lush and fruity with some spicy accents that make this a seriously delicious food friendly wine.
Gracianna 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 points
$54
A singing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a dark side; rich, mysterious, savory but all-the-while purely fruity and instantly appealing.
Awards: 2022 Best Pinot Noir
King Estate 2016 Bradshaw Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$60
Fruity, meaty, and savory this wine would be a delightful pairing with roast duck.
Mira Winery 2014 Hyde & Sons Vineyard Pinot Noit Pinot Noir
94 points
$105
Big and juicy red and black fruits with nice savory herbs as a counterpoint; for lovers of Cali Pinot Noir, this is a gem.
Wakefield 2022 Jaraman Pinot Noir
94 points
$22
Tart and lean but with fully ripened red berries on the nose and palate; reminiscent of great Oregon Pinot Noir from 20 years ago.
Wentworth 2020 Wentworth Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Estate Pinot Noir
94 points
$125
A layered and brooding Pinot Noir with depth of flavor; an excellent wine with some air time today and very interested to see where this goes in a few years.
Wentworth 2020 Wentworth Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$125
A layered and brooding Pinot Noir with depth of flavor; an excellent wine with some air time today and very interested to see where this goes in a few years.