Pinot Noir, a red wine variety with the spirit of a white

By: Paola Peñafiel

Periodista de Concha y Toro en México

access_time 2019 · 11 · 13

Versatile, fresh, fine and delicate; this is the French grape variety recognized and admired worldwide. We invite you to discover its qualities and the perfect pairings with Concha y Toro wines.

Pinot Noir is a wine variety originally from Burgundy, France; and even though it is hundreds of years older than the famous Cabernet Sauvignon, we know less about it. Its name means “black pine”, due to the cone shape of its cluster and the black violet color of its berries.

This variety has a grape skin and peel so fine and delicate that it produces light but structured wines; very fresh, with low tannins, and aromatically intense, the layers go from red fruits to flowers and from earth to fungi. In the mouth, they are light and firm like a white, but soft and silky like an old red wine.

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Its versatility, its delicacy and its unique qualities make it a suitable variety to produce, both high quality white and pink sparkling wines, as well as red wines recognized for their elegance. A young Pinot Noir wine acquires a ruby ​​red color and a lighter shade than other reds, which is one of its most notable characteristics. That said, its high-quality reserve version with months of aging in French oak barrels, yields a reddish color and greater complexity.

Due to its qualities, the Pinot Noir variety is to be served at a cooler temperature than other red wines, around 14º C, which releases its best qualities and allows for its nuances to be appreciated. It is considered the white wine of the reds, and therefore, a very friendly wine to pair with all kinds of food: cheeses, hams, vegetables, pasta, rice, fish, white and red meats.

Concha y Toro wines and their pairings

Pinot Noir is a grape variety so delicate and needs special weather conditions that its cultivation is not easy, and does not happen in any region. Fortunately, some places in the world have the perfect conditions for its production. Even so, there will never be a Pinot Noir wine identical to another because it will always reflect the terroir in which it is located.

Chile is one of these privileged places where we can find exceptional Pinot Noir wines, and Concha y Toro has the best terroirs for its production.

Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir is an elegant wine of deep red color, and with a great balance between raspberries, cherries, minerals and floral touches. It also has delicate tannins and good structure due to its 11 months of aging in French oak barrels. It comes from the Limarí valley, specifically from the San Julián vineyard, 30 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, with clayey soil and cold temperatures, which allows the fruit to mature slowly and obtain fresher wines. It is an elegant and coastal Pinot Noir.

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If you are a lover of red wines with your Barbeque, for summer days we suggest you try   Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir to accompany your grilled meats and vegetables. A medium to full body red wine served colder than normal, will be ideal for these hot days. If you dare, pair this wine with risotto, lasagna or pasta in all its versions. You will not regret it.

The other red of Concha y Toro of this variety is Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir. A fresh, elegant and delicate wine, with a good structure and aromas of strawberries and raspberries. It presents notes of toasted wood and soft tannins thanks to its passage through French oak barrels. It comes from vineyards located in valleys recognized for their excellence in the production of this variety.

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Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir goes well with white meat, fish and vegetables. It will be ideal to pair with grilled salmon and a green salad, or roasted chicken with a side of rice. Additionally, the softness and freshness of Pinot Noir goes very well with spicy food, for example, any typical Mexican or Asian dish.

A grape variety so delicate that it requires a lot of work and special treatment to produce, but at the same time, surprises you with fine and versatile wines that go with all kinds of foods. Given all the unique qualities of Pinot Noir, it is not surprising that it is a grape variety is so desired and admired by wine lovers worldwide.



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