“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – New Zealand Pinot Noir

“Getting to Know Our Wines” Series – New Zealand Pinot Noir

Visit Us on the Web – Click Here Our “Getting to Know Our Wines” series continues today with the most important grape in New Zealand. 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: Estate – New Zealand Pinot Noir Pinot noir is a red wine varietal. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, but are found predominately in the Burgundy region of France. Pinot is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but many vineyards find it very difficult to cultivate and transform into wine. Pinot noir is known to be a very ancient varietal that may be only one or two generations removed from wild vines. Pinot noir appears to be particularly prone to mutations, so there are hundreds of different clones currently being used in winemaking. In fact, in November, we featured a limited edition Gamay Beaujolais. The Gamay is believed to be (but not proven to be) an early-ripening clone of Pinot noir. Pinot noir is a very important grape in New Zealand. When vineyards in New Zealand first began to cultivate quality grapes (late 1970s early 1980s), the vineyards found that low annual sunshine hours made it extremely difficult to plant red varieties. However, Pinot noir developed into a dominant variety in those environmental conditions. The moderate climate and long growing season gives the Pinot noir grapes characteristics that produce wines with great intensity and complexity. New Zealand Pinot noirs are fruit-driven, which is not uncommon for a lot of New Zealand wines. This particular New Zealand pinot tends to be quite full bodied (for a Pinot noir). We think you might notice a delicate aroma of violet and luscious flavors of red fruits such as cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Silky tannins grip your palate and end with a velvet, smooth finish. An elusive aftertaste of spice & toasty vanilla will make you long for more. This wine pairs nicely with a wide variety of meat dishes, salmon and grilled fish. Share this Post on Facebook by Clicking Below: “http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://makingwineindenver.wordpress.com/2010/12/21/Personalize-Wine-getting-to-know-our-wines-New-Zealand-Pinot-Noir




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