What Color is Pinot Noir?

March 19th, 2010  |  Published in Pinot Facts

Pinot Noir is a red grape varietal that produces a red wine.  Owing to the type of fermentation process the wine chooses, dictates not only the flavors on the palate, but also the depth, color and structure of the finished wine.

Color and flavors, as well as aroma, can also be discerned on the palate by the terroir of the vineyard: the different clones grown and also how the vine receives it’s “hair cut” each year when it is pruned.

Even though a vineyard looks uniform when grown properly, each and every vine is like a small child who has a different personality from the next.  This also adds to the color and complexity of a finished wine.

Barrels are important in the character and the maturation of wine.  Different forests from France and also Yugoslavia, as well as the “toast” of the barrel, help develop the color, flavor and complexities of the wine.

Cold soaking for extended maceration (degradation) of whole clusters along with malolactic (bacterial) fermentation helps to make some of the finest wines in the world.

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