Is Pinot Noir a Dry Wine?

By November 5, 2020Wines

 If you are someone who is new to the world of wine and are unfamiliar with the different types of wine lingo that exist out there, don’t feel like you are alone! There certainly is a kind of vernacular that is typically used when talking about different kinds of wine and as you integrate yourself more with the world of wine, you will easily become more familiar with them. Tannins, dry, acidity, ABV, etc. are all vocabulary that is typically used when describing a wine and its very characteristics and if you are someone who is often confused by it all, don’t worry! Today, this article will spotlight one kind of wine known as the Pinot Noir and apply this vocabulary well so that you can understand how to use it! Not only will you become familiar with new wine vocabulary, but you also get a crash course on the basics of the Pinot Noir. A double win!

The Basics of a Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir in a Glass

The first thing to know about the Pinot Noir wine is that it is a dry wine. Dry is probably the first wine lingo that a wine beginner may not understand. If you are unsure of what dry means, it basically refers to how much residual sugar is left over in the wine after the fermentation process. In other words, dry is just what we use to characterize how sweet the wine is. Typically, a Pinot Noir wine is considered to be dry. This means that the wine itself has a sweetness level that normally falls below 1% sweetness. So, in essence the Pinot Noir wine does not have a lot of sugar within it. In addition to being dry and not very sweet, the Pinot Noir is also characterized as low in tannins. Tannins refers to the polyphenols that are released from the skin, seeds, and stem of the grape when they are pressed. The presence of tannins can be noticed if you feel a sort of drying sensation within the mouth. The drier a wine feels, the more tannins it has. The less dry it feels in the mouth, the less tannins are apparent. Since the Pinot Noir is known as a low tannin wine, this means that the wine doesn’t leave a strong drying sensation in the mouth. It is a wondrous smooth wine that goes down the throat easily!

In addition to that, the Pinot Noir wine is known for its delicious and bold red fruit flavors. Fruits that often accompany the palate include strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and blackberries. Earthy elements can also be found in this wine with tastes such as mushroom and leather. Lastly, spicy notes are apparent in the wine though notes like cinnamon, clove, and tobacco. If you are someone who enjoys red berries and fruits and are not particularly fond of sweet things, then the Pinot Noir may just be the right wine for you! It has an ABV (alcohol by volume content) of about 12%-13.5% and is known to be low in acid, which is perfect for those who don’t like strong acidic flavors!

Pair this wine up with some delicious foods such as fatty fish, roasted chicken or pasta dishes, casserole, and other foods that have some sort of fruity component to them such as a fruity glaze or sauce. These types of food pair exceptionally well with the Pinot Noir! 

Pinot Noir with Black Grapes

You Got to Taste It to Believe It

Okay all my wine newbies! You have now been prepped on the most basic wine vocabulary all while getting a crash course on the infamous and popular, Pinot Noir. Now, the time has come to apply this knowledge and do your own wine tasting to see which kinds of wine fit your style! The Pinot Noir is a great option for a first wine, so if you are interested check it out yourself and see what all the buzz is about!