Food pairings: excellent with grilled salmon, chicken, and lamb.
Typical taste in varietal wine: very unlike Cabernet Sauvignon. The structure is delicate and fresh. The tannins are very soft; this is related to the low level of polyphenols. The aromatics are very fruity (cherry, strawberry, plum), often with notes of tea-leaf, damp earth, or worn leather.
Yet pinot noir is very transparent to the place where its is grown. “The staggering range of wines produced makes it impossible and pointless to define which personality is the best expression of the variety”, as Craig Camp put it.