What was a good year for Pinot Noir?

What was a good year for Pinot Noir?

In looking at French Pinot Noirs, the vintages considered the best include 2014, 2010, 2008 and 1996. 2010, in particular, is exemplified by a very clean and pure grape that still exudes ripe fruit flavors that are perfectly balanced, without being too rich or powerful.

Is 2011 a good wine year?

Overall, 2011 was generally a better year for cooler climate wines over warmer and hotter climate wines. However, the sheer variability in quality means the year is unlikely to go down as one of the greats. The best examples for drinking now are likely to come from the cooler regions of Europe and the New World.

Is a 10 year old Pinot Noir good?

Nor, for that matter, do most wines of the world. We writers frequently say that most California or Oregon Pinot Noir should be drunk within four to five years of the vintage date, which is not a long time, compared to the 10 or 20 years that good Cabernet Sauvignon can age.

What is the vintage of this 2010 Pinot Oregon Trail?

The 2010 vintage turned out to be one of the best vintages for Pinot Noir ever in the Willamette Valley, rivaling the greatest years of 1993, 1999 and 2002: “Ten is Zen.” The extended hang times and low yields led to wines displaying lush, ripe fruit with great depth of flavor at lower alcohol levels with perfectly …

What was the best year for red wine?

Within the past 30 years, the best years were 1999 and 2001 thanks to the remarkable growing seasons that were enjoyed in both years. You cannot go wrong if you choose either year for your wine.

Was 2011 a good year in Napa?

I have found that 2011 is a favorite among [those] who really enjoy wines with complexity, but it will never be chocolate-covered cherries.” Ultimately, what the 2011s may give us is an appreciation for the many styles of Cabernet that are possible, even in Napa Valley.

Was 2010 a good wine year?

Overall, the 2010 vintage is a year for great reds from France, Italy, and pockets of the New World. Many are likely to be making spectacular drinking now and the best examples are likely to develop even further. However, as this is a quality vintage for many, expect prices to run high.

Does Pinot Noir age well?

Cool-climate Pinot Noirs really do age beautifully, especially Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs. In general, wines with good levels of tannin and acid and moderately high alcohol are fit to cellar. The key to aging potential is to have high concentration of fruit, great acidity and strong but ripe tannins…

What happens to pinot noir as it ages?

The longer a wine is in contact with the skins before, during and after fermentation, the more tannin there will be in the finished wine. Aging in oak barrels also contributes more preservative tannins. Pinot Noir has less tannin and usually will not age as well as say Cabernet Sauvignon, which has more tannin.