Waxing poetic about Pinot—What
is it about Pinot Noir that captivates wine lovers? Here's how it's
described in Sideways by the character Miles Raymond
From the screenplay by
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
of the novel, Sideways, by Rex Pickett.
"Pinot is a hard grape to grow. ... It's thin-skinned, temperamental,
ripens early. ... Pinot needs constant care and attention and in fact can
only grow in specific little tucked-away corners of the world. And only the
most patient and nurturing growers can do it, really, tap into Pinot's most
fragile, delicate qualities. Only when someone has taken the time to truly
understand its potential can Pinot be coaxed into its fullest expression.
And when that happens, its flavors are the most haunting and brilliant and
subtle and thrilling and ancient on the planet."