Pinot Noir, one of the most challenging and most rewarding grapes to grow.
Pinot Noir grapes prefer a cool to moderate climate and demand a lot of extra care and attention compared to other types of grapes. Pinot Noir is produced in many regions across the globe, most notably in Burgundy, Oregon, California, New Zealand and British Columbia.
The wine is pale in colour and ranges in body from very light to medium, making it perfect to pair with a variety of foods like salmon, chicken, turkey, quail and especially duck. It exudes red fruit aromas like strawberry, raspberry and cherry, and with age, develops earthy undertones.
4 Top Pinot Noir Wine Picks:
This ruby red Pinot Noir radiates aromas of fresh berries, dark red fruit and tobacco. The well-integrated oak provides structure and depth that’s seldom seen in Pinot Noir. Meiomi’s balance, complexity, and richness makes it a true crowd-pleaser. Produced along the California coast, Meiomi wines have vineyards in Sonoma Valley, Monterey and Santa Barbara.
As its name states, this Pinot Noir comes from Sonoma Valley in California. Many reviewers say it over-delivers in flavor and overall quality versus the price. Sourced from several vineyards in the region, Schug offers supply body, bright acidity and serious cherry aromas.
Rose petal, star anise and exotic spices is what makes this Canadian Pinot Noir truly stand out. 50th Parallel is made from a blend of six Dijon clones from all corners of the vineyard estate in Kelowna B.C. It’s intense violet hue is filled with concentrated dark fruit flavours, truffle, toasted nuts and peppery chocolate.
Cono Sur is made from organic grapes in the Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery in Chile. Described as ‘bright and lively’, Cono Sur features intense notes of cherry and raspberry and even hints of wood. This well-balanced Pinot Noir pairs great with fish, poultry, duck, game and mature cheeses.