The red grape wine variety pinot noir offers a more appealing taste when stored properly. When stored improperly the wine ages faster and may come to its peak much earlier than you would expect. While you can store pinot noir in a commercially available wine refrigerator, most wine companies do not think it is necessary. Just choose an area with the right temperature and keep the bottle in the right position with the right conditions. Before drinking chill the wine for optimal taste.
Place the Pinot Noir wine in a cool area — one that consistently maintains a temperature between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit — out of direct sunlight. A basement or closet works well or a wine cellar, if you have one.
Store the wine on its side to keep the cork moistened and the bottle airtight.
Transfer the Pinot Noir to the refrigerator, freezer or into a sink or bucket filled with equal parts ice and water to chill before serving. To properly chill, store in the refrigerator for about two and three-fourths hours, in the freezer for 20 minutes and in ice and water for about 10 minutes.
Pinot Noir should store for at least one to two years in a basement or another cold area of your home.
References and ResourcesConsumerReports.org: Serving Wine and Wine Storage
Supermarket Guru; Wine FAQ's: Storing Wine; Phil Lempert; May 2002
BBG Wines: Storing Wine
The Wall Street Journal; Tips on Storing Wine; Dorothy J. Gaiter, et al; Apr. 2004
Ecco Domani: Serving and Storing Wine