The Italian Pinot Nero (Noir)

The Pinot Nero grape is considered one of the noblest red grape worldwide (the only possible comparison is with the Nebbiolo). In Italy, it has traditionally been cultivated in the Trentino Alto Adige, Collio Goriziano, Oltrepò Pavese, Friuli, Veneto and to a lesser extent; Tuscany regions to produce Burgundy-style red wines.

Pinot Nero is also widely used in classic method sparkling wines. In Franciacorta, a DOCG Italian classic method sparkling wine made in Lombardy, and has produced outstanding sparkling wines proving itself a very versatile grape.

Pinot Nero is a difficult grape to grow and wine to make and it is a challenge for every wine maker with results varying from vintage to vintage and area to area. The Pinot Nero is a grape variety very sensitive to the terroir, for which you get a lot of different interpretations depending on where the grapes are grown and the land and soil characteristics and for all these reasons, the Pinot Nero is, for consumers and professionals alike, when well made, a joy to drink wine and because of its quality has created some of the greatest red wines in the world.

When vinified in red, the Pinot Nero produces wines which are not rich in colour, transparent, slightly tannic, with strong acidity, characterized by fruity undertones (cassis, blackberry, raspberry, cherry, strawberry) and floral (rose, violet) when young, and more fine and complex notes with ageing (leather, tobacco, spices).

The Pinot Nero is a wine that can be paired with a variety of culinary dishes, from fish (with the young vintages) to more complex and rich-flavoured dishes, like roast duck.

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