Pinot Noir is a black grape from Burgundy with a huge and fervent following. From England to Argentina, Germany to New Zealand, winegrowers the world over seem to want to try his or her hand at making Pinot Noir. Why? Because it is one of the ficklest grape varieties know to man, and when it is good it is so very, very good.
The problem with Pinot is it has to ripen slowly (in cooler climates). Ripen too fast and you get bland, candied fruit. It also produces small yields and is very susceptible to disease. Many producers see getting this grape right as one of the biggest challenges in wine.