What 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.