Pinot Noir is a black grape variety with thin skins, and as the result, Pinot Noir wines are usually light in color with low to medium levels of tannin. It is the patriarch of the ‘Pinot’ family - because they all have pine-shaped bunches - which also includes Gris, Blanc, and Chardonnay. With age, some Pinot Noirs are able to develop great complexity. However, most Pinot Noirs are best consumed while they are youthful and fruity, except for the very best wines from Burgundy where the Pinot Noir's fussiness is most exploited. Wines from other villages such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beaune and Pommard, and particularly those from Premier Cru vineyard sites, offer more complexity, intensity and length. The most powerful, long-lived and complex Pinot Noir wines in the world are the Grand Cru Red Burgundies. There are also other premium Pinot Noir regions such as: the Russian River Valley, Oregon, New Zealand, Germany, Australia and South Africa.