“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Chilean Pinot Noir

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – Chilean Pinot Noir

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with a tribute to the country of Chile in honor of the 33 miners who were safely brought up from over 2,000 feet below ground after 69 days trapped in a mine. Remember, this week’s featured wine is available at our winery in Greenwood Village, today ONLY, for a 10% discount. Today’s Featured Wine is: International – Chilean Pinot Noir Pinot noir is a light red wine that dates all the way back to the time of the Gauls who planted the first pinot noir vines before the Roman invasion. The vines quickly spread into France where pinot noir emerged in vineyards by 150 BC. Because of its emergence in France so many years ago, it is not surprising that the pinot noir grape is the main grape used in much of French Burgundy. Today, pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is still most commonly associated with the Burgundy region in France. Many world renowned sommeliers feel the pinot noir makes the best wine in the world with great versatility for pairings and an outstanding spectrum of flavors and aromas, while others feel it has become too predictable and mainstream. Regardless of the debate amongst the world’s great wine makers and connoisseurs, once you fall in love with a pinot noir you are likely to find yourself so smitten that you never go back to other reds! Early studies of the varietal indicated that pinot noir was a cross between Pinot Meunier and Traminer; however, the early research indicating the origins of the pinot noir has never been replicated. In fact, recent studies show that pinot meunier actually contains two different tissue layers with distance genetic makeups. One of these layers is identical to pinot noir which means the pinot meunier cannot be the parent of pinot noir. It is interesting to note that pinot gris and pinot blanc are both also genetically identical to pinot noir and to each other. Why then does pinot noir produce a red wine and pinot gris and pinot blanc produce white wines? It is believed there was, at some time, a slight mutation in the pinot noir affecting only the genes that control grape color, resulting in the pinot gris and pinot blanc. This particular pinot noir is from the cool climate of Chile, a country that has a viticulture history dating back to the 16th century. Chile is currently the 9th largest producer of wine in the entire world and the 5th largest exporter of wine worldwide. Chile is quite renowned as a wine producer for many reasons. However, most strikingly today Chile remains free of phylloxera louse which is a disease that affects vines all over the world for many different reasons. The phylloxera causes a wide range of problems typically resulting in vines requiring grafting in order to survive and continue to produce fruit. Today, Chile’s vines remain graft free. We think you might notice aromas of earth, leather and vanilla along with jam like flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and plum. This wine pairs beautifully with pastas and red sauce, mild cheeses, beef dishes, local game and goose. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below: “http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2010/10/12/personalize-wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-series-mosel-gewurztraminer“




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