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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the most noble and prestigious grape varieties in the world, as widespread and versatile as it is difficult to cultivate, vinify, and interpret. Already known in antiquity, its origins have been traced to Transalpine Gaul, but its fortune began in the Middle Ages when the monks of Burgundy recognized its immense potential and inaugurated the production of elegant and long-lived red wines that continues to this day, making Burgundy, its true homeland, one of the most important wine regions in the world. From here, Pinot Noir wine spread to the Champagne region and throughout the world, also proving to be an excellent base for sparkling wines. In Italy, it is cultivated and vinified with excellent results, especially in Oltrepò Pavese, Trentino, and Alto Adige. In its best interpretations, it presents itself with a delicate and elegant profile, but also energetic and enveloping, endowed with uncommon expressiveness. Discover the best Pinot Noir wines selected on Callmewine.

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Pinot Noir is one of the most noble and prestigious grape varieties in the world, as widespread and versatile as it is difficult to cultivate, vinify, and interpret. Already known in antiquity, its origins have been traced to Transalpine Gaul, but its fortune began in the Middle Ages when the monks of Burgundy recognized its immense potential and inaugurated the production of elegant and long-lived red wines that continues to this day, making Burgundy, its true homeland, one of the most important wine regions in the world. From here, Pinot Noir wine spread to the Champagne region and throughout the world, also proving to be an excellent base for sparkling wines. In Italy, it is cultivated and vinified with excellent results, especially in Oltrepò Pavese, Trentino, and Alto Adige. In its best interpretations, it presents itself with a delicate and elegant profile, but also energetic and enveloping, endowed with uncommon expressiveness. Discover the best Pinot Noir wines selected on Callmewine.

The Pinot Noir grape: production areas and peculiarities

Pinot Noir is a complex grape variety that demands a lot of attention, both in the vineyard and in the winery. Extremely sensitive to terroir, it expresses itself differently depending on the production area. Growers worldwide have tried to cultivate Pinot Noir in their territories following its great success in the Côte d'Or in Burgundy, where its origins likely lie. This region has always been considered its homeland, producing some of the world's best Pinot Noir wines. Its success is attributed to the unique climatic conditions, the strong winemaking tradition based on terroir differences, and the expertise of great producers like Prieure Roch, who have managed to extract the best from this challenging and demanding grape. The main subzones include:

  • The Côte de Nuits, known for its elegant, complex wines with a good mineral footprint,
  • The Côte de Beaune, where a fruitier and fresher character dominates.
  • Champagne, which contributes to the production of the world's most famous sparkling wines.

In Italy, it prefers the Alpine areas, including:

  • Alto Adige Pinot Noir, characterized by fresh and juicy aromas of wild berries,
  • The Trentino and Bresciano areas, famous respectively for Trento DOC Sparkling Wine and Franciacorta.
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia and some areas of Oltrepò Pavese, for fine and delicate reds.

In Europe, interesting expressions of Pinot Noir are found, where cool climates ensure excellent aroma development:

  • Germany, where it is called Spatburgunder and produces wines of great freshness and finesse,
  • Austria, especially in Lower Austria and Burgenland,
  • Switzerland, with increasingly focused and clean wines.

Its fame has quickly spread overseas, reaching:

  • The United States, particularly in Oregon or California,
  • The New World, including Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Pinot Noir is almost always processed as a single varietal wine to fully express all its qualities. Freshness is its peculiarity, which, if not well managed, can destabilize the taste balance. Its tannin is always low due to its thin and delicate skin. Pinot Noir grapes are easily recognizable by the shape of their clusters, similar to pinecones, from which their name derives. It is a genetically unstable variety that can easily mutate and give rise to new varieties within the same family, such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Meunier.

This grape is often aged in wooden barrels to soften the taste and can have different aging times depending on the area and the producer.

Pinot Noir wine: characteristics and pairings

Due to its thin and delicate skin, Pinot Noir grapes have rather light and fairly transparent chromatic shades, presenting a ruby red color in youth that evolves towards garnet with aging. During tasting, it offers a wide variety of aromas and characteristics, which can vary greatly depending on the vintage and cultivation area. The typical and characteristic aroma of Pinot Noir wine is expressed with fruity hints of raspberry, blackberry, cherry, sour cherry, and plum, with floral notes of violet and rose. Aging in wood and bottle evolution enrich the olfactory range, introducing toasted and undergrowth aromas, with spicy accents and transforming fruity sensations into jams and jellies.

The taste is fresh, low in tannins, and balanced, typically elegant and fine, structured due to barrel aging, and round due to bottle aging. Climate, cultivation soil, vintage, and the skill of the winemaker and viticulturist all influence the final product, making Pinot Noir always challenging to taste.

Popular food pairings include aged cheeses, braised dishes, roasts, and generally elaborated meat-based dishes. This versatility allows Pinot Noir to accompany the entire meal. The intense and complex taste characteristics of more evolved versions also make it perfect for pairing with more savory and structured dishes such as mushroom risotto, game, and venison, as well as, for the more daring, traditional Indian dishes like tandoori chicken and beef curry.

Pinot Noir: prices and best bottles

If you are looking for fresh and refined red wines, browse through our selection of the best Pinot Noir wines. Thanks to our sommelier's careful research, you will be able to find the perfect bottle for you at an unbeatable price. You will discover new areas of your favorite grape variety and find confirmation in the labels you already love. Look for Pinot Noir wines for sale online on the Callmewine store, which offers the best productions of national and international winemaking tradition at prices ranging from less than 10 euros to over 1000 euros for the finest French bottles