The famous grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir distinguishes itself among all red wine grapes with its elegance and sensuousness. A finicky grape, it is a challenge to grow. It was brought to Austria by monks in 1394. Pinot Noir is light in color. It has a discreet bouquet, elegant, soft tannins, a harmonious and velvety body, often with smoky cherry character. Despite its delicate structure it ages very well. Pinot Noir is chameleon like. When young, it shows the simpler fruity characteristics of cherries, plums, raspberries, and strawberries. As it matures it gains complex flavors of leather, wood smoke, game, mushrooms, chocolate, cigar and truffles to balance the fruit.