Pinot Noir: The Gateway Red
With a name stemming from the French words for “pine” and “black,” Pinot Noir is a light to medium-bodied classic that is a great entry point for those new to red wines. Its gentle tannins, vibrant red fruit aromas, and high acidity make it exceptionally approachable. Unmatched in its depth and nuance, Pinot Noir holds the title of the world's most cherished grape. But what makes it so special? On the nose, it is full of red fruits and yet, it has complex layers of earthiness, spice, smoke, and vanilla. With a multifaceted flavour profile, you can experience notes of ripe cherry and raspberry, enriched by hints of mushroom, tea leaves, and clove.
Typically, the alcohol content for Pinot Noir hovers between 12 – 14%, lending to its smooth and refined texture. For an optimal tasting experience, Pinot Noir should be served slightly chilled, in the range of 55 – 60°F (12 – 15°C). This ideal temperature will boost the wonderful aromatics without the alcohol overpowering your senses. To truly unlock its full aromatic potential, consider decanting your Pinot Noir for roughly 30 minutes before sipping. And for food pairings, it’s extremely versatile. Whether you’re serving salmon or a hearty duck dish, Pinot Noir complements with ease, and is also a safe choice if you’re dining out with friends, especially with everyone ordering a different entrée.