Pinot Noir is a temperamental, thin-skinned grape variety. That skin makes it susceptible to sunburn, rot, fungus and mildew, none of which makes this varietal easy to grow. If that weren't enough: any attempt to overcrop Pinot Noir makes for dilute wine so low yields are mandatory for quality. For these reasons and more, Pinot Noir is the heartbreak grape. While it may be trouble to grow, when the seductive, aromas and flavors of a great Pinot Noir are right, and that heady mixture of cherry, berries, smoke, spice and earthiness are in harmony, this wine haunts the memory like no other.
Join 'Miss Jane' Nickles, Certified Wine Educator and outstanding presenter, for an exploration of the 'Secret Life' of this wonderful, if trying varietal and a tasting of a number of outstanding examples of this marvelous wine.
Champagne Dosnon & Lepage, Récolte Noire N/V
Etude Pinot Noir Rosé, Carneros, CA 2011
Domaine Xavier Monnot, Beaune Premier Cru "Les Toussaints" - 2009
Weingut Friedrich Becker Spätburgunder, Pflaz, Germany 2010
ZD Pinot Noir, Carneros, CA 2011
Carrick Vineyards Pinot Noir - Bannockburn, Central Otago 2009
Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir - Ana Vineyard - Dundee Hills, Oregon 2012
En Route "Les Pommiers" Pinot Noir 2011 - Russian River Valley, CA
Calera Pinot Noir Ryan Vineyard, Mt. Harlan, CA 2010