Devil Made the Pinot Noir: A Wine for the Bold

Pinot Noir is often described as the most delicate and nuanced of red wines, but the Devil Made the Pinot Noir challenges that perception. This rich and complex wine is crafted for those looking for a bold and powerful taste that still boasts the subtle and elegant flavors that make Pinot Noir so unique.

The Devil Made the Pinot Noir is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to appreciate the intense fruit flavors, deep tannins, and hints of spice and earth that make this wine so unforgettable. However, for those with an adventurously curious palate, this wine offers a rollercoaster of flavors that can only be described as devilishly delicious.

Crafted with care using only the finest grapes, the Devil Made the Pinot Noir is a perfect companion for hearty red meat dishes, rich pasta dishes, and even spicy foods. It is a wine that demands attention and respect and is best savored slowly, allowing the flavors and aromas to fully develop in the glass.

At first taste, the Devil Made the Pinot Noir may be a little intimidating, but those who dare to take the plunge will be rewarded with a wine that is as bold and daring as they are. This wine is not for the timid, but for those who embrace the bold and the daring, the Devil Made the Pinot Noir is the perfect choice.

Greetings, esteemed wine enthusiasts! Allow me to regale you with a tale of one of the most enchanting wines known to man – the majestic Pinot Noir. It was a perfect day, one steeped in beauty and wonder. I was surrounded by fields of grapes, basking in the warm glow of the sun. As I breathed in the fragrant scent of ripening fruit, I was reminded of the incomparable Julia Child, who once declared that she loved to cook with wine – and sometimes even added it to her food!

As I wandered through the vineyards, I was suddenly greeted by a winemaker who was clearly passionate about their craft. The fervor with which they spoke of Pinot Noir was like a symphony to my ears. Their tales were enchanting, highlighting the unique nature of the grape and the many ways in which it could be coaxed into producing the most exquisite wines.

And then, the moment arrived. I took my first sip of Pinot Noir and was left awestruck. The wine was so complex and multifaceted that it almost defied explanation. It was a wine that commanded the utmost respect – a true masterpiece, worthy of admiration and reverence.

From that day forward, Pinot Noir became an integral part of my life. I shared it with loved ones, embracing the sense of camaraderie and connection it brought us all. Despite its elusive nature, I knew that when I sipped a glass of Pinot Noir, I was experiencing true magic in a glass.

“Only somebody who really takes the time to understand pinot’s potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh, its flavors. They’re just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and … ancient on the planet.”

That’s how the character Miles Raymond describes his favorite wine—pinot noir—in the Oscar-winning 2004 movie Sideways.

Pinot noir grapes are widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but it is a difficult variety to cultivate and transform into wine. The grape’s tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards involving rot that require diligent canopy management. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends Pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied low tannin wines that can often go through dumb phases with uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from Pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries. As the wines age, Pinots have the potential to develop vegetal and “barnyard” aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

While the origins of this ancient grape are not entirely known, Burgundy, France, has long been the spiritual home of Pinot Noir, where it produces some of the best single-varietal wines in the world. As the wines of Burgundy rose in fame and price, winemakers around the world sought to emulate the region’s success. This led to plantings of Pinot Noir throughout other parts of Europe and the New World.

However, Pinot Noir does better in cooler climates, as its trademark acidity, delicacy and finesse disappear in warmer climates and hot weather. Today, the countries that produce the finest Pinot Noir are France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, the United States (California, Oregon and New York) and Chile. Because of its widespread popularity, Pinot Noir is considered an “international” variety.

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Pinot Noir 777 is one of many clones of the Pinot Noir grape. This particular clone is known for its small berries, which can result in wines that are deeply colored and have concentrated flavors. It is often favored by winemakers in regions where Pinot Noir is grown because it can contribute to the overall complexity and quality of the wine.

The numbers in the name “777” are used to identify different clones of the Pinot Noir grape, and each clone may have slightly different characteristics. Winemakers may choose a specific clone based on the terroir (soil, climate, and growing conditions) of their vineyard and the flavor profile they wish to achieve in their wine. 

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Winemaker Notes: Winemaker notes, also known as tasting notes or wine descriptions, are written descriptions provided by the winemakers or experts that detail various aspects of a wine. These notes typically include information on the wine’s appearance, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, and overall characteristics. Winemaker notes can provide valuable insights into a wine’s unique qualities, terroir (the environmental factors that influence its character), and the winemaking techniques used.

André Tchelistcheff was a renowned winemaker and consultant who made significant contributions to the development of the wine industry in California. While he is perhaps most famous for his work with Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, he also had insights on Pinot Noir, which is another important grape variety in California and around the world.

Tchelistcheff believed that Pinot Noir was a grape variety that required a great deal of care and attention in both the vineyard and the winery