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

Gracianna 2019 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 points
$54
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of compressed watermelon, cherry granola, fresh herbs, duck rillettes, warm, flaky pastry, and tangerine with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish with accents of smoked cranberry sauce, licorice, and caramelized squash with light oak flavor. A singing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with a dark side; rich, mysterious, savory but all-the-while purely fruity and instantly appealing.
Le Chemin Du Roi NV Brut Rosé Champagne
94 points
$299
Rich salmon orange color. Toasty aromas and flavors of dark brioche, dried citrus, and roasted nuts and sesame with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, nuanced, very long finish with notes of reduced lemon and minerals with fine, silky, fruit tannins. A rich and powerfully delicious Rose Champagne that hits all the high notes.
River Road 2018 Stephanies Cuvee Pinot Noir
94 points
$29
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, dried cherries, apricot, and fragrant jasmine tea with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of flaxseed with moderate oak flavor. A rich, balanced and appealing Pinot Noir that lives and breathes Russian River style.
McIlroy 2019 Vines & Roses Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$40
Light garnet color. Attractive, spicy, savory aromas and flavors of spiced cherries and beets, marinated carrots, mole, and pomegranate molasses with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, distinctive, long finish that exhibits elements of pomegranate and Craisin, chocolate toffee, peppercorn muffin, and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A broad and balanced Pinot Noir with ample fruit and deep savory, spicy notes in support.
Awards: 2021 Best Pinot Noir
Comartin Cellars 2018 R-Bar-R Ranch Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points
$56
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate caramel tart, pencil shavings and matcha, lava rocks, and boysenberry vinaigrette with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish revealing notes of choke cherry and huckleberry puree and nuts with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and inviting Pinot Noir that bring loads of tangy fruit and mouthwatering acidity to the table.
Sidewood 2021 Estate Pinot Noir
93 points
$22
Ruby black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pickled mangos and cucumbers, cherry fruit leather, and cranberry flavored cheddar cheese with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish imparting notes of spicy sour cherry chutney, pickled beets and scallions, and goji berry with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A savory, bold, mouth-filling Pinot Noir for all occasions.
7cellars 2020 The Farm Collection Pinot Noir
93 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cobbler, raspberry candies, caramelized mushrooms, and candied aniseed with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of cafe au lait and herbal tea with moderate oak flavor. A sophisticated, velvety Pinot Noir that doesn’t skimp on bright fruit aromas.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Bricoleur Vineyards 2019  Pinot Noir
93 points
$52
Violet color. Aromas of dried cherries and apricot with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, long chocolate croissant, cherry gelee, licorice, and caramelized mushrooms finish with heavy oak flavor. A decadent, instantly appealing Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; buy more than one bottle!
Moffett 2018 Bieze Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-raspberry jam, honeyed tangerine, nougat, and floral fine polished wood with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, breezy finish with nuances of roasted root vegetables and birch bark. A floral, highly structured pinot that will sing at the table now and reward patience in the cellar.
Moffett 2018 Terrarossa Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 points
$55
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of cherry custard pie, vanilla apricot bonbon, charcoal pencil, and sweet tobacco with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, long finish imparting notes of roasted nuts with cocoa, sautéed berries and greens, and cedar with dusty, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A supple and concentrated pinot with great depth of flavor and seamless oak.