Pinot Noir Grapes ripen August through September. Worldwide there are hundreds of clones of the Pinot Noir black grape, because the grape vines are genetically unstable, and the parent grape vine may produce offspring grape vines that vary in size and shape of the grape. The black color of the Pinot Noir grape is an indication that high antioxidant levels are present in the chemical, resveratrol that offers a great health benefit. In Europe there are many wine variants grown of the Pinot Noir (black) wine grape; one of the most popular clones is called "Pinot Noir". The Noir black grape as grown in France is extensively planted in the Burgundy district, and are planted in California cool regions, where black grapes thrive in the cooler zones. The flavor of the Pinot Noir grape wine is complex and sometimes described as intense as in the ripe grape with a complex black cherry, wine aroma.