Winebird’s top 10 Vinalogies

4: Pinot Noir – The ballerina

When I was younger, I wanted to be a ballerina: elegant and pale skinned, they were femininity personified in my eyes and I would often imagine myself as one in a silky, cherry-red tutu, floating gracefully across the stage in a waft of lavender-scented mist. Sure, they’re notoriously temperamental, and many people also find them too thin, but I have always been mesmerised by their haunting beauty and ability to make complex moves seem so smooth and effortless. It is all of these qualities, the good and the bad, that make the ballerina a perfect Vinalogy for Pinot Noir.

Pinot is famously difficult to work with, which is why there are so many disappointing offerings on the market. When all conditions are perfect and the masters get hold of it, however; oh man. You’ll want to bathe in the stuff! Pale in colour, light bodied and elegant, with high acidity and very low tannin, Pinot can taste like a red wine but feel like a white, which is part of its universal charm.

Couple this with a sensual, silky texture and an ethereal perfume of spiced cherry, lavender, raspberry compote and earth, and you’ll understand why people spend crazy amounts on the top bottles.

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