Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Wednesday, September 7 2016

Grapes : Pinot Noir

By: Anthony Gismondi
The latest perfect pinots to cross our tasting table.

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

Written By: ag
Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.