If I was to ask viticulturists and winemakers what the most challenging grape varietal to grow and make a good wine from, they would definitely say Pinot Noir. Due to very small leaves and tight bunches, it is very susceptible to fungal diseases. Due to a thin skin, it is susceptible to mould and the vine in general is very low yielding.
However, ask them what their favourite wine to make is and almost all of them would say Pinot Noir.
Stolen straight out of Wikipedia - Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes Pinot Noir as "the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic." Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls pinot "sex in a glass".
The thing I love about Pinot is that due to its small bunches and thin skin, it is very impressionable to its terroir. Without getting too wine nerdy on you, that just means it will taste very different when grown in different regions. You can get a super light wine with juicy strawberry and blue berry flavours on one end or you can get a heavy, rich version with plums and blackberry or savoury medium bodied versions with a grippy tannin structure - all depends on where it's grown and who’s making it.
For anyone who likes any red wine, I bet I can find a Pinot Noir to suit you!
So, lets chat, what’s your favourite Pinot Noir?