Pinot Nero vs. Pinot Noir: 4 Things You Need to Know

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Are you a budding oenophile? If so, this is the post for you.

Pinot noir grapes are among the most important grapes in the world. Dating back to sometime in the 14th century, French monks began using these grapes to make wine, starting a tradition that has continued to this day. Eventually, by the 18th century, pinot noir grapes made their way to northern Italy, where the climate was suitable to for them to grow and make pinot nero.

In this post, we’re going to discuss the pinot nero vs pinot noir debate by telling you 4 important facts. Keep reading and you’ll see that despite their regional differences, these wines share a lot of important similarities.

1. These Grapes Make All Types of Wine

Pinot noir and nero wines are made exclusively from the grapes of the same name. Pinot means “pine” in French, while noir and nero both mean “black” in French and Italian respectively. The name likely comes from the conical structures that the grapes grow in. 

Pinot noir and nero grapes both make 4 different types of single-varietal wine; red, white, rose, and sparkling. They’re also used in other blended wines, like champagne and Sancerre. 

2. Characteristics of Pinot Noir

The characteristics of a good pinot noir differ wildly depending on where the wine is cultivated, its provenance, and growing conditions. A French one will taste fruity (hints of berries or cherries), spicy (cinnamon or tobacco), and earthy (mushrooms or leather). A Californian one might taste sweeter, with hints of cherries or vanilla.

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It’s a dry wine that is more acidic than other types of red wine and it has lower tannins, which makes it an easy drinking wine.

3. Characteristics of Pinot Nero

An Italian pinot nero shares the flavor notes of the French pinot noir, giving you hints of fruit and earthiness. When they’ve vinified in red, the color is slightly transparent and the wine, like it’s French counterpart, is fairly acidic. 

4. Pinot Noir Around the World

Although pinot noir and pinot nero have their origins in France and Italy respectively, these wines are cultivated in numerous wine-cultivating regions around the world – wherever the climate will allow the grape to grow. 

You can get this Russian river valley pinot noir from California’s Halleck Vinyard or an Austrian Blauburgunder and be just as satisfied as you would if you were in Lombardy, drinking a fine pinot nero. Pinot noir/nero grapes grow in a small range of temperatures and require dry climates. They have a very short growing season – just 100 days.

Pinot Nero Vs Pinot Noir: Which Should You Drink?

As you can see, in trying to examine pinot nero vs pinot noir, there aren’t too many differences. Being native to France, one might think that a pinot noir is much better there than in Italy, where it’s considered a traditional wine, but was cultivated rather than grown natively. That said, they stack up well against each other and together, with various other pinot noir’s from around the world, make up one of the finest wine varieties there is.

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