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Some believe Pinot Noir to be the most highly prized and romanticized red wine in the world. This juicy and delicious wine brings out powerful emotions within even the least romantic people, allowing them to freely express their hidden thoughts and desires. Pinot Noir has a loyal fan following; wine lovers have even dedicated a whole festival to this variety. A 2004 American movie Sideways based on this very wine had a profound effect on wine drinkers in USA, giving Pinot sales a boost in the international wine market while also labelling it as a drink associated with wine devotees.
This might have prompted some of you to ask – ‘Why does Pinot Noir have such a devoted following?’ One of the major reasons for this is that the Pinot Noir grape is very hard to grow. The Pinot grape is quite weak, making it susceptible to disease as well as mutation. It is also vulnerable to extreme heat or cold, rot and pests. The skin of these grapes needs gentle and careful handling in order to preserve the richness of the final product. This difficulty in growing the grape and manufacturing the wine leads to a higher bottle price for Pinots in comparison to other similarly styled red wines. But all this does not move Pinot lovers to go against their favourite wine. The aforementioned factors make it very difficult to find a great bottle of Pinot Noir wine, and Pinot lovers are always in search for “The One”.
The Pinot Noir variety witnessed its origins in France’s Burgundy region. This lush region is still considered to be the very best for the production of exuberant Pinot Noir wines. Here, the growers and winemakers lovingly call Pinot Noir as Red Burgundy. Pinots from Burgundy boast of delicate, jammy and ripe flavours of red berries, mushrooms, cherries and forest floor.
Although the most exquisite Pinot Noirs hail from Burgundy, the rest of the world especially Australia and New Zealand are not too far behind in crafting great Pinots that wine lovers of all ages can enjoy. Primary flavours of cherry, raspberry and cranberry can be experienced in Pinot Noir wines, with notes of clove, vanilla, caramel, mushroom and wet leaves evident throughout the wine. These wines are aged in French oak barrels so as to provide them with medium acidity and a smooth tannin structure. With cellaring potential ranging from two years to two decades, Pinot Noirs taste perfect at serving temperatures of approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit. Pairing magnificently with a wide variety of cuisines, some of the best dishes to consume with a glass of flavoursome Pinot Noir include – Mushroom Risotto, White Pizza, Lobster Pea Ravioli with cream, Spiced duck with Confit Ragu, and Polenta and wild mushrooms paired with Goat cheese and herbs.
Winter Brook Pinot Noir, Pierro Pinos Pinot Noir, Rockburn Pinot Noir, Holm Oak Pinot Noir and Harewood Estate F Block Pinot Noir are some splendid examples of fruit-driven, vibrant and mouth-watering Pinot Noir wines.