Hahn Pinot Noir
|Region:||California , United States of America|
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Monterey is cooler than most other Californian wine growing regions, due to the moderating influence of the refreshing Pacific breezes, allowing winemakers to craft elegant, fresher red wines.
The best wine-growing areas are just north of San Francisco, including Napa Valley, Carneros, Sonoma Valley and Mendocino.
Despite having a vinous history that dates back to the 1700s, it wasn’t until the 1970s that California developed its own identity as a winemaking region, and one that could compete with France. Today, California is the fourth largest wine producers in the world, with the UK as its number one export market.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay are all grown with aplomb, with the hot temperatures and sunny days ensuring ripe grapes and fruity wines. Plantings of Pinot Noir are increasing, and other reds such as Cabernet Franc and Shiraz are gaining in popularity. California is home to Zinfandel. It's a close relative of Italy's Primitivo and produces a full-bodied red with blackcurrant flavours and hints of pepper and spices.
Californian wine is a eclectic as the fusion food associated with the state so enjoy them with chicken wings, ribs, Mexican cuisine and Asian dishes.
This delicate grape variety makes the most delicious wines but is notoriously difficult to grow and very sensitive to climate and weather changes, hence it's more premium price tag. Originating from Burgundy in France, Pinot Noir produces wines that are soft and silky with red berry fruit flavours and aromas that, with age, develop into delightful gamey and ‘earthy’ notes.