Noiret, a red grape, is one of the group of grapes known as hybrid grapes. They are grapes that were created by cross breeding American grapevines and French grapevines to create a hearty grape with a combination of good flavor and winter-sturdiness. Noiret is new to the market, only being released to the public for cultivation in 2006, and is not extensively grown or cultivated as of yet.
This grape is primarily found in New York and Canada and is used to produce varietal red wines. The wines produced are distinctive with notes of black and green pepper along with blackberry, raspberry, and some mint aromas. A major distinguishing characteristics is the fine tannin structure that tends to be complete from the front of the mouth to the back.
The vine is moderately winter hardy and moderately resistant to powdery mildew and Botrytis bunch rot. Wines produced using this grape are free of the hybrid aromas typical of many other red hybrid grapes.