Pinot Noirs October 2006 Why Pinot noir? “Minx of a vine” – Jancis Robinson “Most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch, that like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarassingly poetic” – Joel Fleischman
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Variety of Vitis vinifera
Ancient Romans knew about it (1st century AD)!
Mixed with chardonnay, petit meunier to make champagne
Name ‘pinot’ suggestive of pine-cone shaped clusters
Mainly grown in
New ZealandThe grape
“Home away from home”, pinot noir has adapted well in Williamette Valley in Oregon.
Oregon pinot noirs “less flamboyant, less obvious” than California pinot noirs, closest to true Burgundies.
Miles Raymond: it's a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It's uh, it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It's, you know, it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it's neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention. You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression
Pop quiz, grand prize! Williamette Valley in Oregon.