At Vino Al Lago, we are always fascinated about how the same fruit can vary so much in flavors and structure. We thought it would be fun and eye-opening to showcase the profiles of the four grapes used in the 2012 Vintage...
Where did it come from?
Pinot Noir is the “father” to many of the popular, black-colored grapes known today. It has over 100 mutated clones. Its popular “grand-sons and grand-daughters” are Syrah, Gamay, Lagrein. Its closest relative known (“aka sister”) is Savagnin -- both were born as crossed mutations in the French Alps region of Jura.
What does it taste like?
The grape is almost always dominated by red fruits -- cherries, strawberries, and/or raspberries. In the cooler climates such as Santa Rosa Valley, California and Burgundy, France, it showcases a turned-soil earthy tone.
What is its make-up?
It is a thin-skinned variety with a very high natural acidity. The thin skins require that it is grown in a cooler coastal or a higher-elevation region. The high acid levels help the grape create wines that can age a very long time.
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