What type of wine is Pinot Noir?
- May 25, 2016
Pinot Noir is a red wine, but what kind of wine is it
Pinot Noir is a red wine, but what kind of wine is it, what does it taste like, what type of wine is it? I think the best way to describe Pinot Noir is to say that it’s fruity, delicate and full bodied and goes best with plain meat and fish. So what does that mean!
Let’s start with what type of wine Pinot Noir is considered to be.
We know it’s red. It comes from the grape of the same name which is also used in white wine and champagne and it’s the grape which makes Pinot Noir the type of wine that it is. The grape is considered very difficult to grow because the skins are very thin and easily damaged by frost, mould and disease. Their delicate nature means that the wines they produce are considered precious and sophisticated.
Even though it is classed as difficult to grow the Pinot Noir grape is grown in many countries. Probably the most famous is the area around the Côte d’Or or “Slope of Gold” in France, but Italy (where it is known as Pinot Nero), the USA, Australia, South Africa, UK, Switzerland, Austria and South America all grow grapes in some areas. The grapes prefer cooler climates and like well drained and chalky soil, they like morning sun; and a little afternoon shade, just like the Europeans.
So what kind of wine is Pinot Noir?
It’s not heavy or acidic but soft and silky. It’s fruity, smelling of strawberries and cherries and if left to mature earthy and full bodied. On our website we have over 30 different Pinot Noir wines and by reading the descriptions you will see that they all have different characteristics, here’s just a few….
- Vibrant the aroma of fruity berries
- Spice and subtle oak
- Dark and delicious, medium bodied
- Plucky, spicy and savoury
- Dark, rich and mysterious
- Red cherry, strawberry and cherries backed by a toasty oak flavour
So, now you know what type of wine and what kind of wine Pinot Noir is give it a go.