North American Pinot Noir / Edition 1

North American Pinot Noir / Edition 1

by John Winthrop Haeger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520241142

ISBN-13: 9780520241145

Pub. Date: 09/14/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

Pinot noir, the famously elegant, sexy, and capricious red grape of Burgundy, is finally producing impressive wines in North America. Credit talented winemakers, enthusiastic restaurateurs, and consumers in search of alternatives to cabernet and zinfandel. Considered perhaps the ultimate food wine, pinot noir has an allure based on its special combination of aromas

Overview

Pinot noir, the famously elegant, sexy, and capricious red grape of Burgundy, is finally producing impressive wines in North America. Credit talented winemakers, enthusiastic restaurateurs, and consumers in search of alternatives to cabernet and zinfandel. Considered perhaps the ultimate food wine, pinot noir has an allure based on its special combination of aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel; on its legendary capacity to reflect the terroir where it is grown; and on its reputation for being hard to grow and make. This is the definitive work on pinot noir in North America. A comprehensive reference for winemakers and aficionados as well as a sourcebook for casual enthusiasts, it includes extensive historical and viticultural background on pinot noir in the New World and profiles of six dozen prominent producers in California, Oregon, British Columbia, and New York.

John Winthrop Haeger, known for his perceptive wine writing for more than fifteen years, gives contextual and comparative information about pinot noir in Burgundy and then tells the story of wine producers' early failures, frustrations, and breakthroughs in North America. He discusses plant genetics and clones, identifies the essential conditions for really good pinot, tells where the best wines are grown and made, and analyzes the factors that determine wine styles and signatures.
In the second part of the book, he presents detailed producer profiles with accessibly written tasting notes on recent and mature vintages. A final section covers glassware, vintages, wine and food pairings, and other matters of interest to consumers. Maps prepared especially for this book cover all the major pinot-producing regions in North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520241145
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/14/2004
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. The Grape, the Wine, and the History
1. The Basics
2. The Burgundian Connection
3. The Rise of Pinot Noir in North America
4. Where It Happens
5. Clones and Selections of Pinot Noir
6. Winegrowing and Winemaking
7. Burgundies and North American Pinots Compared
8. Reflections

Part II. Profiles of Key Producers

Part III. Enjoying Pinot Noir
Advice for Consumers

Pinot Terminology
A Note on Sources

Index

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