Most winemakers agree that Pinot Noir is one of the most challenging grape varieties to grow. But when they get it right, it can be truly wonderful.
The intense and complex fruit notes are considered to be incomparable to other wines, with sweet raspberry and cherry notes present in younger Pinot Noir wine, which then deepen and darken during maturity. As the wine ages, it can also develop a distinct ‘gamey’ tone along with a silky texture.
Pinot Noir regions
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of Pinot Noir, with its quality determined for the climate and terrain of the vineyard. There has also been notable success in newer growing regions, such as:
- Central Otago in New Zealand
- Carneros in California, Oregon
- Coastal vineyards of Chile
These can be considered as giving Burgundy a run for its money, as the warmth in the day and the coolness at night allows the grape to thrive and develop that essential acidity.
Pairing Pinot Noir
A quality Pinot Noir wine should typically have a variety of layers and flavours, which makes it a versatile wine that can be paired with a wide selection of foods. Generally with mild acidity, soft tannins and a distinct texture, it is considered the perfect accompaniment for lamb, beef and game, strong cheeses as well as pates and terrines.
Corks Out has hand-picked a selection of quality Pinot Noir wines from both Burgundy and the New World for you to buy online. Search through the wide range of light bodied, medium bodied and soft fruity reds below, or even take a look at our Malbec and Shiraz for a different deep, fruity red.