February 7, 2014 · 8:00 PM
What makes pinot noir so special and why are we so fond of it. First it is a difficult wine: difficult for the grower to cultivate and difficult for the drinker to distinguish and become familiar with. Yet the same complexities that make pinot noir so difficult also make it a very versatile and complex wine. The grapes are very thin, so when they get ripe, if conditions are not exactly right , then the grapes can break down or you might pick them too early and you do not have the full richness.
Unlike Cabernet, it does not grow in any part of the world. The best pinot noir-growing regions in the world are located on or near the 45th parallels. In this session, we will be exploring the pinot noirs in the other region (Burgundy is the other one) crossed by the 45th parallel : New Zealand where the weather is warm during the day and cool at night, and where because of the rotation of the earth the sun just seems to slide across the horizon and gives a very long twilight, and the pinot noir loves heat in the late part of the afternoon.
Clive will be giving a short presentation of the region following which we will be tasting blind10 to 12 bottles of pinot including some odd ones out.
Hope to see you all.