First time pinot noir drinkers usually succumb to its silky, juicy fruit while veteran swillers simply admire the concentration and depth of flavour that springs from this mysterious red, as fickle as the wind.
But ever since we met would-be novelist and pinot noir drinker Miles Raymond in the movie Sideways, the race is on to produce more of the finicky, temperamental, thin-skinned grape around the world.
Burgundy remains the eternal home of pinot and its famed Cote d’Or landscape and its original patchwork of climats (single vineyards) reflect all the subtle facets of its terroir. After that you can turn to an ever-growing number of regions such as Central Otago, Martinborough, Canterbury, Nelson and Marlborough in New Zealand; Russian River, Carneros, Monterey, and Santa Barbara County in California; Leyda, Casablanca, and Marchigue in Chile. Throw in Oregon’s Willamette and Rogue Valleys, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia, parts of coastal South Africa, the Okanagan, Prince Edward County and Niagara and, well you get the picture. The pinot game is on, strong.
We have some new software to help us display the wines we taste, and allow you to access the note with a click or a touch of the screen. Here’s a few pinot noirs Treve and I tasted recently from all over the map.
*editors note - we've been tasting so many pinots of late, I wanted to update this list. See below for the latest round of fall-ready pinot noirs we've tasted in the past two weeks. TR