The Pinot Noir grape variety is a finicky, thin-skinned type of grape that has thin juice, and as such it makes light to medium-bodied red wine. It's a star in the Burgundy region of France, where it can only thrive in limestone soils, but is also grown in California, New Zealand, and Australia.
Pinot Noir wines are known for their soft tannin structure, meaning they're not very astringent. They're also known for their fruity scent, usually reminiscent of cherries and raspberries. They age well and have lower acidity than other wine varieties.