Italian wines similar to Pinot Noir

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According to Ian D’Agata, Passopisciaro wines (from the Trinoro estate in Tuscany) are reminiscent of lighter pino noir. He describes it as “wonderfully long and complex,, with a lingering irresistible sour red cherry and intensely mineral finish.” If for some reason the very name Pino Noir holds sway over your tastes, some Italian wine makers produce wine known under this very designation. Although the name itself is associated with Burgundy, the variety of red wine grapes that is responsible for it is grown in other parts of the world. In Italy this grape is called Pino Nero (or simply Pinero) and it has been cultivated for a long time in South Tyrol, Veneto, Tuscany and other regions. Among the very best wines in Italy one often finds listed Pino Nero Riserva “Mazzon” Bruno Gottardi and Pinot Nero Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano. The grapes for these wines are grown in the Mazzon cru, “unquestionably Italy’s single finest site for Pino Nero,” according to D’Agata.

It is also sometimes recommended to try better varieties of Chianti or Barbera as a “side grade” to quality Pino Noir. Dolcetto Valpolicella may also be suggested.

See also:
Italian toasts
Wine etiquette in Italy
Italian wine pairings

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