by D.D. Rice
French Wines: The Pinot Noir Experience
Lovers of French wines often have a special place in their hearts for pinot noir. Some even consider the pursuit of the ultimate pinot to be the wine equivalent of the pursuit of the holy grail. Why do the true believers obsess about this particular grape? At its best, pinot noir creates elegant wines with breathtaking red fruit aromas that evolve over time to more complex earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game, causing many to feel it is in a league of its own. But the fundamental truth of pinot is that it is profoundly sensitive, and that quality is both its gift and its...