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Pinot Noir is a red grape variety that is part of the Pinot wine family that includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Meunier. This grape variety is most closely associated with France’s Burgundy wine region, which is renowned for its widely varying terroir. That means that Pinot Noir wines created in two different villages in Burgundy, even if separated by only a mile, may differ widely.
Pinot Noir’s popularity has led to it being embraced by winemakers in northern Italy, Germany, Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, California and Oregon. In addition to Burgundy, the most famous wine regions producing the highest quality Pinot Noir wines include the Willamette Valley in Oregon, Sonoma and the Central Coast in California, and Otago and Marlborough in New Zealand.
Although Pinot Noir is a red grape variety used to make still red wines, it is also used in making sparkling white wines. Most notably, it is blended with Pinot Meunier in making Champagne.
With Pinot Noir so heavily influenced by its native terroir, the range of different expressions of this grape in terms of texture, bouquet and flavour can vary quite widely. Higher quality Pinot Noir tends to be richer and more intense, while lower quality wines are more watery and acidic.
In general, Pinot Noir grapes are renowned for creating light-coloured, medium-bodied wines that are low in tannins. Flavour and aroma notes can include cherry (both black and red), raspberry, currant and different berry fruits. Pinot Noir wines from France (and especially Burgundy) are known for having very intense “barnyard” aromas.
The USA Wine Ratings competition was introduced by Beverage Trade Network which organizes wine events worldwide. The competition aims to recognize, reward and promote wine brands that are created to identify with and target a specific wine drinker. The competition works on three major criteria; quality, packaging and value for money. For any brand to earn its space on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s wine list, they must be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it. This approach of USA Wine Ratings makes the competition different from other wine competitions.
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