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Pinot’s Little Secret

Written by Christine Marsiglio MW


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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?

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Wine Quiz

Which aroma is often associated with Whole Cluster Fermentation in Pinot Noir?

  1. Tropical Fruit Flavors
  2. Vanilla Undertones
  3. Spicy Notes
  4. Baked Blackberry

Scroll down to find out!

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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.

Written byChristine Marsiglio MW

Christine Marsiglio is Head Wine Educator and Resident Master of Wine for Folly Enterprises and Wine Folly. Christine is a certified Wine & Spirits Education Trust wine educator, a winner of the Bollinger Medal, and holds an MSc in Oenology and Viticulture from École Supérieure d'Agriculture d'Angers, France.

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