Whole Cluster What?
Pinot Noir is one of the main grapes that undergoes Whole Cluster Fermentation to add structure and complexity. But what exactly is this semi-secret technique that winemakers use?
Which aroma is often associated with Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir?
- Tropical Fruit Flavors
- Vanilla Undertones
- Spicy Notes
- Baked Blackberry
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Wine Quiz Answer
Answer – #3: Spicy Notes
Whole cluster fermentation refers to the practice of fermenting entire bunches of grapes, including the stems. In Pinot Noir winemaking, this method can create a more complex wine with heightened tannin structure and distinct flavors.
Specifically, a wine produced with a significant proportion of whole clusters often showcases an intriguing “peppery spice” note, adding another layer to the traditional red fruit flavors associated with Pinot Noir.