Pinot Noir wine is a lovely light drink that goes really well with lighter meat dishes such as chicken and lamb.
The Pinot Noir grape variety is ancient. In fact, the Romans were drinking wine made from Pinot Noir over 2000 years ago. Having said that, it doesn't age particularly well and should be drunk fairly young.
A good glass of Pinot Noir is full-bodied but not heavy and has a high alcohol content.
The flavour is variously described as having the qualities of red berries, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries and plums but when aged a little, a smokiness comes forward onto the palate.
This classic burgundy wine is described by connoisseurs as 'difficult' which is another way of saying that good Pinot Noir is amazing to drink, but bad Pinot Noir is undrinkable. Therefore, in the case of Pinot Noir, it is worth spending a little extra to get a decent bottle.
Normally I find many cheap wines are as good as expensive ones, but this is rately true in the case of the pinot grape.