Pinot Noir has the potential to be the most seductive, beguiling
red wine in existence. In the past decade or so, however,
Pinot Noir has shown the greatest increase in quality of
any varietal in America. The perseverance of younger winemakers
and traditional winemaking methodology is resulting in Pinots
that can stand side by side with the benchmark wines of
Burgundy. Lighter than Cabernet, Pinots have a richness
and intensity of fruit that is unparalleled. The best of
them drink like velvet and accompany a wide variety of foods.
Top French Burgundies are bottled under different names
and labels, depending on region, vineyard and producer.
In America, considerable success with this Burgundian varietal
has been from the cooler regions of Napa, Sonoma (Carneros), Santa Barbara and Oregon.