Pinot Noir (Light)
Taste: Very light, delicate and refreshing, with aromas of fresh red fruit followed by soft and subtle flavors of strawberry, raspberry and cherry.
Age: Drink while young and fruity.
Aka: Also known as Blauburgunder in Austria.
While classic Pinot Noir (PEE-noh NWAHR) is generally medium bodied with complex flavors – see classic Pinot Noir in the Smooth style – there are many fine examples made in the lighter Fruity style. In many respects Pinot Noir is well suited to this style as the grape is naturally low in tannin and high in acidity.
The flavours are soft and subtle, with red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry and cherry dominating. As well as being light in body, these wines are also light in colour and can have very fine structure. Due to their natural high acidity and light fruity style they are very refreshing and are generally best when young, within a year or two of release.
These light Pinot Noirs are ideal for drinking during the warm summer months and often benefit when served slightly chilled. They are also excellent food wines, especially when paired with lighter dishes. Well made examples are very elegant and a great addition to your wine repertoire.
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