Pinot noir: It's a matter of style — or not

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Ah, pinot noir. It represents so much of what is great about today’s wine world. And, alas, one of the few not-so-great things.

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chablis28May. 23, 13 8:09 AM

Tasted an '07 St. Innocent White Rose Vinyard PN blind the other night with a mix of other blind PNs from CA, Oregon and Burgundy. I'm mostly a Burg guy as I don't want cola, chocolate or syrah flavors and bigness in my PN. To me PN is all about; elegance, weightlessness, finesse and not about "robustness", chocoalate or cola. The 07 St Innocent was truely "Burgundian" ethereal and most of us guessed it as such blind. Unfortunately, St Innocent no longer has acccess to this vineyard's grapes but I wouldn't hesitate to buy other St Innocent PNs as the winemaker obviously is more interested in transparancy and allowing the PN to express its vineyard and the true nature of the grape. Thanks for the article Bill. I would encourage others to have a group of PNs from all over side by side and decide for yuorself. Don't drink just CA. Definitely try Oregon and traditional PNs from Burgundy. Side by side is all the more interesting. You'll be amazed how pwerful yet elegant A light crimson colored PN from Burgundy can be. Ask a local winestore person to point you in the direction of a great Burgundy to try in your budget range. Bourgognes ( lower end Burgundy) can be very interesting from a good produder and sell for under $30 per. BTW, I'm not in the business. Just a devoted Burghead and PN lover.

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billward4May. 23, 13 4:00 PM

Great points, Chablis28. And great description of the good Burgundies: elegant yet powerful. I, too, was bummed about St. Innocent losing access to White Rose. Mark Vlossak REALLY knew what to do with those grapes.

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