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Episode VIII: Fruity Reds


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Pinot Noir

Yes, Pinot Noir is still hot, but a significant amount of Pinot Noir is not exactly Pinot Noir, which is a terribly unfair thing to say! Pinot Noir labored away in relative obscurity for decades in this country before being propelled to fame on the heels of Oregon, Santa Barbara and the movie Sideways. With this rise in popularity came several follow-on effects. For one there was a shortage of Pinot Noir grapes, which in turn caused the prices of existing grapes to spike. A significant stylistic change towards fruitier and rounder Pinots, those with a broader appeal, was also in the cards.

Mash all that together and what do you get? Producers looking for fruit to help make their Pinots, well, fruitier, and do you know what they found? Syrah! Seriously, it’s no secret that a bit of Syrah helps flesh out Pinot, particularly if you’re overcropping a bit to make up for excess demand. As it turns out, these Syrah’ed Pinots are quite popular, but if you’re looking for the fruit without the plumpness of a blending grape, you might want to check out…

Photo courtesy SantaraBarbaraCA.com

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    almost 40 years ago I read that Gamay and Gamay Beaujolais are not the same grape. What is the current thinking about the DNA of these two?

    Oct 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM

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