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PINOT NOIR GRAPE and Pinot Noir Glass  35 oz.
    Pinot Noir is a red grape variety. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine.
   The United States has increasingly become a major Pinot Noir producer, with some of the best regarded coming from the Willamette Valley in Oregon and California’s Sonoma Valley area.
   The leaves of Pinot Noir are generally small. Pinot Noir tends to produce narrow trunks and branches. In the vineyard it is sensitive to light exposure, cropping levels (it must be low yielding), soil types and pruning techniques. In the winery it is sensitive to fermentation methods, yeast strains and is highly reflective of its characteristics that the geography, geology and climate bestowed upon it. Its thin skin makes it highly susceptible to bunch rot and other fungal diseases. The vines themselves are delicate and prone prone to mildew. These complications have given the grape the reputation of being difficult to grow.
   However, Pinot Noir wines are among the most popular in the world. Pinot Noir has been described as "the most romantic of wines".
The tremendously broad range of boquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot Noir can produce sometimes confuses tasters. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to be of light to medium body with an aroma reminiscent of black cherry, and raspberry.
   It is also used in the production of Champagne. Pinot Noir is also sometimes used for rose still wines.