I am no expert so it would be wrong for me to insert a quick how-to-become-a-wine-connoisseur course into this story but there are clear characteristics that Pinot Noir displays and it helps to know what to look for when you open a bottle.

First off let it * Breathe: 
Most wine needs to breathe before being drunk. This isn’t rubbish : its Chemistry.

To get the best out of a bottle of Pinot, open it several hours before you drink it. Maybe even uncork it the day before and stick it in the fridge. The wine will “open up” if it oxidises slightly. This means that it releases a whole lot more flavour when you do this. If you don’t believe me, take two bottles of the same wine and let one breathe, then compare them. You’ll see what I mean immediately and you will never go back to opening and drinking straight away again.

And I think Pinot is better slightly chilled. Not everyone thinks this but try it, especially on a hot day.