Pinot Noir is a dry light-bodied first widely planted in France. The wines always lead with higher acid and soft tannins.
Very red fruited (cherry, cranberry) and red-floral (rose), often with appealing vegetal notes of beet, rhubarb, or mushroom
Lighter-bodied Red Wine with higher acid and soft tannin
chicken, pork, veal, duck, cured meat, French, German, cream sauces, soft cheeses, nutty medium-firm cheeses like Gruyère
Pinot Noir Alternatives
Gamay (aka Beaujolais)
(France) Lighter, juicier, more floral, generally less complex