Grape Varietal Guide

Primitivo

Pronunciation: PRIM-uh-TEE-voh

Grape profile: A clone of Zinfandel, grown throughout California, and increasingly in Oregon.

Wine tendencies: Primitivo produces a rich, full-bodied red wine.

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Sangiovese

Pronunciation: sahn-joe-VAY-zeh

Grape profile: An Italian varietal commonly used to produce Chianti.

Wine tendencies: Sangiovese produces a dry, medium-bodied wine with light, fruity flavors.

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Pinot Noir

Pronunciation: PEE-noe NWAHR

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Burgundy and Champagne regions.

Wine tendencies: The flagship of Oregon’s wine industry. Pinot Noir is a fruity, peppery, full-bodied wine with deep red hues.

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Pinot Meunier

Pronunciation: PEE-noe MUHN-yay

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Champagne region.

Wine tendencies: A medium bodied, fruity wine with flavors of black currant and plum, and with rich, reddish hues.

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Petit Verdot

Pronunciation: puh-TEE vare-DOH

Grape profile: A type of red Bordeaux grape that ripens late in the harvest season.

Wine tendencies: Often blended with other wines to add tannin, structure, and flavor.

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Petite Sirah

Pronunciation: puh-TEET SEE-rah

Grape profile: Also known as “Durif”, a cross pollenation of the Syrah and Peloursin grapes.

Wine tendencies: A dark, inky wine considerable acidity, with a firm and chewy mouth feel. Dark berries and fruit flavors.

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Nebbiolo

Pronunciation: nay-be-OH-low

Grape profile: An Italian varietal from the Piedmont region.

Wine tendencies: Produces a rich, fruity, full-bodied wine.

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Merlot

Pronunciation: mare-LOW

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Bordeaux region.

Wine tendencies: A full bodied wine, high in tannins, with fruit and cherry flavors, and with brilliant red hues.

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Mourvèdre

Pronunciation: moor-VEHD-ruh

Grape profile: Most likely originated in northern Spain (known there as Monastrell), dating to the 16th Century.

Wine tendencies: Produces tannic, high alcohol wines. Typically blended with Mediterranean style varietals to create blends.

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Malbec

Pronunciation: MAHL-bek

Grape profile: A French varietal from the Bordeaux region.

Wine tendencies: A rich, full-bodied wine, with aromas of plum, blackberry, and smoke, and with deep red-brown hues.

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