A Burgundy varietal, practically synonymous with "cool climate" wine. In South America it is often grown at high altitudes or in places with cool night breezes. Pinots from South America can be an excellent choice for those who are not particularly "Pinot driven" (yet) and work superbly as an introduction to the wonderful world of this varietal, which is one of the most complex of all. While Pinots in the Burgundy style have profiles typified by raspberry and pepper notes, South American representatives tend more toward cherry notes and have a more velvety character. The Rio de la Plata region produces some strikingly vegetal Pinots.