The Pinot Noir is one of the earliest grapes to be cultivated. So much so that It can be traced back to the ancient roman era. Even throughout the brutal European history (mainly focusing in France) Pinot Noir survived due to the hard work of the Catholic monks. When regions were divided, they used the wine as part of their holy sacraments.
Since that time, Pinot Noir has been most famously cultivated in the Burgundy region. It is regarded by many that outside of burgundy, few places offer Pinot Noir of such a high quality.
As much as we do love the French, the wine and the culture, I can’t help but feel that they’re missing out on some other really great regions and wine. Pinot Noir grows best areas with long spring and fall.
Pinot Noir from Burgundy are in great demand, This varietal from France boasts tart cherry and earthy notes. Burgundy Pinot Noir is considered to be a degree more difficult to drink than American Pinot Noir, but well worth when you get into it.
The other regions in which Pinot Noir flourishes best include Italy, California, New Zealand, Germany, Oregon and even our beloved Argentina!
On the image above, Burgundy is shown in light blue
Argentina is a ‘New World’ region and Pinot Noir can be found along the Rio Negro river in Argentina. Argentine Pinot Noir brings out flavours of spice and black cherry and like most Argentine wines, are renowned for their great price for the quality (around $25 USD).
A little bit of info about the Pinot Noir;
The grape is a delicate one, much more so than a Cabernet Sauvignon for example. In regions other than Argentina, notes of raspberry and vanilla (from the french oak) can be found.
The Pinot Noir lighter in colour and is typically a lighter-medium bodied, fruit forward red wine. Pinot Noir is also controlled by tightly watching regulations!
As Pinot Noir is lighter, you can please both you red and white wine drinkers! For pairing with food you could go for a pork, fish, lamb, mushrooms or beef dish.
Is your mouth watering too?