Flavour profile of pinot noir

PinotWhat is a typical pinot noir taste like? There is no definitive answer to this question, there is a wide variation in pinot noirs depending on the region, terroir, clones, yields and seasonal conditions. Also important in determining how the pinot noir will taste is the winemaking approach, especially the degree to which the flavours are extracted and handled during the wine making processes. 

Some typical Pinot Noir varietal aromas and flavour descriptors are listed as follows:

Fruit: strawberry, dark berry fruits – cherry, raspberry, plum, rhubarb, tomato

Terroir: fungus, mushroom, earth, barnyard, truffle, leather, meat, bacon, forest undergrowth, mineral 

Herbal:
rhubarb, beet, oregano, green tea, olive

Floral: rose, violets, dried flowers

Oak: vanilla, creme brulee, butterscotch, coconut, smoke, tar, toast

Spice: chinese 5 spice, star annise, rosemary, cinnamon, caraway, thyme, peppermint

Pinot noir is a very complex grape and so can be the resultant wines. It is a real skill for the vigneron to understand the vineyard terroir and most appropriate winemaking in order to produce great or even good pinot noir. 


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