Pinot Noir is a red wine varietal. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgandy Region of France. The thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds lends pinot to producing mostly lightly colored, medium bodied and low tannin wines that can often go through phases of uneven and unpredictable aging. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries.