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There is something incredibly mouthwatering about Pinot Noir, and it is so much fun getting to try all the different styles from around the world. Pinot Noir can be quite subtle in taste and makes a delicious choice to pair with salmon. The Pinot Noir grape is said to be the oldest vine in existence. It is believed to have been initially grown in Burgundy France, dating back to the fourth century from the French Burgundy (Pinot Noir) named after the region. Some of my guests here at Nino’s ask for a red burgundy to cook with.

When this wine is aged, it will be a lot weightier and deliver lots of flavors of black cherry, savory spice and even a mushroom aroma. If you prefer a lighter version of the Pinot, I would recommend a Napa Valley Carneros with flavors of wild strawberry and raspberry. The Pinot Noir grape grows best in cooler climates or at a higher altitude.

Here are a couple of my favorites from around the world:

Albert Bichot Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir, 2013, Burgundy France

Produced from vieilles vines (old vines) and aged between 25 and 35 years. Nose on the glass and I instantly get the aromas of deep red fruits. On the palate, I find it to be very aromatic and well balanced.



Sean Minor Pinot Noir, 2012, California Carneros

One of my personal favorites, although it’s not typical of Carneros. This was a little more on the heavier side, medium bodied with cherry, strawberry and plum, ending with a slight spicy finish.



Alfredo Roca Fincas Pinot Noir, 2014, Argentina, Mendoza

This wine definitely overdelivers for the price. Estate-bottled by the Roca family for four generations in the city of San Rafael, Mendoza, which is located 2,600 feet above sea level. This Pinot Noir is very ripe and full bodied with mulled spice and cherry cola flavors.

Alfredo Roca

Pinot Noirs are quite complicated. The grape harvest is very short, and the windy, hilly climates are perfect for Pinots. They are a tough little grape.Come by Nino’s and check out our large selection of Pinot from all over the world.

I hope you found this helpful.


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