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Pinot Noir is an old wine variety

Pinot Noir is a technical grape variety, one of the oldest European wine varieties. It has been known since the 14th century. It is not consumed as food but is grown to produce red, rosé and white wines. Drinks made from this grape are popular and loved all over the world.
The name "pinot noir" translates from French as "black cone" (pinot means cone, noir means black). The dense bunches of grapes look a lot like pine cones.
Pinot Noir is associated with rich feasts of high society and bohemians. It can be considered the king of red wines. Collectors love Pinot Noir wines for their refinement. This is especially true for the products of the most famous Burgundian wineries. The sales of this drink increased in the U.S. in 2004 after the release of the comedy "The Roadside". In Moscow and other Russian cities it is no less popular;

The variety comes from the province of Burgundy in France. There are few places where Pinot Noir grapes are grown;
This variety of berries with thin skin has a very capricious nature, requires a lot of attention, is sensitive to weather conditions and soil composition. The grapes do not tolerate rain and strong winds. It does not like sunshine and prefers a cold climate, so it mainly grows in the North. Susceptible to fungus, mold and rot. The yield of noirs is usually poor;
It takes 140-150 days to produce grapes that are ready for consumption. Pinot noir is not suitable for blending with other varieties. The best grapes of this type are grown in Côte d'Or.
Apart from France, this grape is also popular in Chile, New Zealand, Ukraine, USA, Japan, Austria, Germany and California. There are more than 50 "clones" of the pinot variety. The most popular ones are:
  • pinot blanc;
  • gr;
  • lesser;
  • red velvet;
  • French;
This grape is also used to make Champagne Blanc de Noir and Crémant;

The production of this drink is a very complex process. Even the exact and perfect observance of the technology and the creation of ideal conditions in the winery do not guarantee high taste qualities of the final product. That is why the price of pinot noir wine cannot be low. The creation process requires too much labor.
The noir grape variety is classified as a low-extracting grape. This means that the wine can not have a saturated color, it will be almost transparent. The producers in the wineries use different methods to give color to the beverage:
  • aging in oak barrels;
  • delestage (pouring the wort from the bottom edge of the tank upwards);
  • infusion on the mash (immersion of the pulp and skin deep into the fermenting wort, etc.)
Pinot noir grape drinks are usually dry, but can be semi-sweet or sweet;

Despite their unattractive appearance, Pinot Noirs are incredibly deep wines. The color of these drinks is almost transparent, not saturated, not thick. You can even read a book through them. The young ones have a cherry-ruby color, while the more mature ones take on brick-like hues.
Pinot Noir wines have a very rich and multifaceted flavor that changes depending on the time of aging. Less mature drinks have fruity, sweetish tones of flavor (raspberry, plum, blackberry), while more mature drinks acquire aromas of earth, truffles, tobacco, fresh game, wet wool, ripe cherries and rose petals.
The flavor of Pinot Noir is unique and complex. It is subtle, elegant, with a slight acidity. Depending on the aging period, it is dominated by notes of red berries, violets, black currants, plums, autumn woods and wet earth. Wines that are produced in wineries in warm countries may additionally acquire a sweetish jammy flavor. It is impossible to accurately describe the taste of this drink. Opening each new bottle, you get unique nuances and nuances.

The Pinot Noir wine goes well with dense and heavy dishes. The perfect complement to the drink would be cheeses with noble mold, meat and poultry, fish, pasta, risotto, mushroom dishes combined with cream. Before you buy products and prepare a treat, you should pay attention to the specific type of wine and the manufacturer's recommendations;
The bottle should be opened half an hour or an hour before serving. Then the drink is fully opened, and you can feel the full range of flavors and aromas. It is better to drink the wine from a special glass with a wide bowl in the shape of a cylinder. Even the most delicate flavors can be felt perfectly in it;
The temperature of the drink should be 14 to 17 degrees. After opening the bottle can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-3 days;

Pinot Noir is one of the most expensive wines. But that doesn't mean that most ordinary people can't afford it;
In Moscow and other Russian cities, Pinot Noir wine can be purchased in almost any retail liquor store or online. On the websites of Russian and foreign stores you can find products from different producers. Some of the most famous: Vino Tura Winery, Russian River Valley, Tyrrell's Wines, etc;
The price range for a standard bottle of this drink can be measured in several thousand rubles. The cost of the product will depend on the period of aging, the technology of production, the region where the grapes are grown, the vintage, the brand.
In Moscow and the regions, wine can be bought for prices starting at 258 roubles. But such a cheap drink can very much disappoint the buyer with its low quality. A good wine of this brand cannot cost too little, as the production process requires a lot of effort and time. The grapes of this variety are capricious and demanding.
Therefore, when buying, it is worth considering not the most budgetary options.