Pinot Noir Guide

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SNOOTH BUYER’S GUIDE:

Pinot Noir Lovers Edition

Table of Contents
Intro

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Pinot Nero

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Tasting Notes

Looking for Value in Pinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

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$20 Pinots

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Tasting Notes

Moving up the Pinot Price Ladder

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Tasting Notes

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Pinot Noir $25 - $35

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Tasting Notes

Oregon Pinot Noir $35 - $45

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Tasting Notes

California Pinot Noir $35 - $45
Tasting Notes

Pinot Noir $60 and up!!

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Tasting Notes

Speaking of Burgundy
Tasting Notes

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Welcome my fellow Pinot Noir lovers! I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to share some thoughts with you, all about Pinot Noir of course! What follows is information compiled from recent articles published on Snooth about Pinot Noir in several of its various guises. While the bulk of the content here is about domestic Pinot Noir, I’ve sandwiched it between two other regions that are well known for their own production: Italy and Burgundy. In the coming months, I’ll be adding an extensive article on the state of New Zealand’s Pinot Noirs, with tasting notes of several hundred wines. In addition, you can find ongoing coverage of Pinot Noir on Snooth, as we taste your favorite wines throughout the year.

We hope you enjoy these articles, and will come to Snooth to share your opinions, tasting notes and of course favorite Pinot Noirs with like minded wine lovers!

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Pinot Nero
As you might have guessed, I love Italian wine. Pinot Nero might be tough to define as Italian wine, but it has a century long history in Italy and offers an alternative style to the myriad of other styles of Pinot produced around the world.

So what makes Pinot Nero Italian? The terroir of course. Almost all of the wines I tried during this tasting hailed from the Alto Adige, that northern-most province of Italy’s center that is blessed with gorgeous mountain valleys fit for vines from floor to hilltop. Pinot expresses something unique in this region because of those hillside vineyards and the climate, which often calls for a sweater at 600 meters even in the heart of summer. Though it can be cool at night, daytime temperatures in an Alto Adige summer are plenty warm. This shift in temperatures, known as a diurnal shift, allows for the full ripening of the fruit without the development of any jammy flavors. In fact, one of the issues many people have with Alto Adige Pinot Neros is that lack of fruit, which even I can see as a fault sometimes. When Pinot Nero lacks the requisite fruit flavors, the wines tend towards pronounced forest floor and earthy flavors, but when producers capture the fruit, there is a clarity and brilliance to it that very few other Pinot Noirs can compete with.

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Pinot Nero
Notes from a recent tasting:
2008 Castelfeder Glener Pinot Noir 13% $21
This is deep, intense and layered on the nose, with floral notes, gentle green herb elements and a really nicely done edge of wood spice. This is really beautiful in the mouth; rich, soft and supple, with clear, ripe red cherry fruit and edge of earth, integrated tannins. Totally seamless and wonderfully pure, this finishes with good length to the gentle spice, mineral and herb elements, ending with a touch of peppery tannins offset by notes of dried lime peel. 91pts

2009 Terlan Pinot Nero 13.5% $25
Nice intensity on the nose, with very attractive dried herb, wild cherry, spice and mineral aromas and a mineral top note. This really opens up on the palate with intense, juicy wild cherry/wild strawberry fruit framed with herbal, floral and chamomile notes. The texture is so supple yet firm, with nice mineral and leather tones emerging on the back end. Clear and unmistakably Pinot Noir. The finish is lean and...
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