Pinot Noir Discovery Box

Pinot Noir is the 10th most planted grape variety in the world. Wines made with Pinot Noir have cultivated a gigantic following of hardcore wine enthusiasts.
In fact, average prices for Pinot Noir tends to be higher than other grapes. So what is it about this grape that is so darn special to enthusiasts? Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting facts about Pinot Noir.

  • Pinot Noir wine is the most highly prized wine in the world. 
  • Pinot Noir wines are pale in color, translucent and their flavors are very subtle. The grape itself is weak, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation.
  • Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, prices for a bottle of Pinot Noir are generally more than a similar quality red wine.

MERLIN CHERRIER SANCERRE ROSE` 2018: Made exclusively of Pinot Noir, this rosé is made using the direct press method with the whole berries entering the pressoir. The musts ferment in temperature-controlled cuvees as well as a small percentage in older barrels. The fermentation occurs over three weeks. The wine is bottled in the spring of the following year.

GUSTAVE LORENTZ PINOT NOIR 2017: It has a deep ruby red color. The nose is expressive and elegant, with scents of red fruits (cherries, blackcurrant). On the palate, this dry wine is still in its youth phase. The palate is well structured, marked by ripe tannins and a typical "Alsatian" freshness. Pair this wine with game, grilled meat, pizza, quiches, tomato dishes, and light cheeses.

DOMAINE POULLEAU BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2017: A beautiful ruby color and pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which appear again on the palate. It has a rich and very ripe substance, with fine round tannins. It’s a very well-structured and pleasing wine.

VILLA ROCCA PINOT NERO DI PAVIA 2017: Brilliant ruby in color with a fresh, fruity nose of red currants, wild strawberries, and a floral note. The palate is packed with red fruit and hints of oak spice with velvety tannins.

SERESIN RAUPO CREEK PINOT NOIR 2013: Seresin’s vines grow on a steep north-facing slope in Raupo vineyard, where the soils are dense and clay-based. The nose exhibits notes of ripe dark berry fruit, alongside hints of savory forest floor, rosemary, and leather. The palate is concentrated, with deep earth, spice and hedgerow fruit characters, framed by fine, well-integrated tannins and a persistent, fresh finish.

CRYSTALLUM, CINEMA PINOT NOIR 2015: The 2015 Cuvee Cinema Pinot Noir was demonstrating just a touch of reduction, so do not be afraid to introduce this to your favorite carafe. The palate is medium-boiled with sappy red and blue fruit, supple tannins, lovely swagger and style here with a long and sumptuous finish. 

  Pinot Noir is light enough for salmon but complex enough to hold up to some richer meat including duck. In a pinch, when everyone orders a vastly different entree at a restaurant, you can usually win by picking Pinot Noir; it will make everyone happy.

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