Pinot Noir

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Unknown
Aliases: Blauburgunder, Spatburgunder, Rulanske modre
Grape Color: Black
Regions:  Chiefly associated with France’s Burgundy region. Also prevalent in Champagne, France; California; New Zealand


“With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Vanity Fair, once described of Pinot Noir. Also christening it as a fickle mistress, a minx, and as sex in a glass, wine critics have had no hesitation in oft comparing Pinot Noir to a woman.

With many qualities lending themselves to this parallel, the best is likely that the Pinor Noir grape is difficult. Difficult to cultivate. Difficult to transform into wine. Difficult to pinpoint in taste.

The Pinot Noir grape is grown in tightly clustered dark purple, pine-cone shaped bunches, the resemblance from which it gets its name. Considered to produce the finest wines in the world, its fame as a Noble grape goes hand in hand Read more »

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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Gaps Crown Vineyard 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Confused by the full body? Not what I expected. Apologies. I do love Burgundy wine. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Seek out Liquid Farm and Clos Pepe if you like Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sanford too for that matter.Also Dragonette if you want to mix in some Sauv Blanc and Syrah. Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


  • Welcome to the Forum, PHound and thanks for the tip on Demetria--another one ... one ... since you mentioned Pinot Noir in your post.  Here is a link that will provide you with an pretty comprehensive list of wineries in that area.  Two wineries on that list that seem to be getting a lot of acclaim, lately, are Arcadian and Brewer-Clifton.  S... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


  • I go to S. Calif every winter to visit family and drive up to Santa Barbara for ... the wines, especially the Pinot Noirs were fabulous, and especially the Pinot Noir Reserve. I joined the wine club and haven't been disappointed with any of the wines I've received.So we're heading back to the Central Coast in January. If anyone has any recommen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Central Coast


  • Domaine Faiveley Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley 2007

    Snoothrank:

    (Past tasting 14 May 2013) Royal dark red, oaky, savoury! Like! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Dom Perignon 2003

    Snoothrank:

    (Past tasting 14 May 2013) Beautiful golden sheen, with fine beads. Tasted light. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Always have to chuckle at the pinot noir comments by Greg. I wouldn't call weather being a factor in wine-making is that is out of the hands of the farmers & winemaker/s. Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Thank you, guys.  Your explanations were extremely helpful.  A lot of ... knowing how much you love Pinot Noir and how much I love Pinot Noir, your proposed wager would not be much of a risk for either of us.I'm definitely not prepared to take Jon's test although I would wonder if weather during the growing season would be included in # Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010

    Snoothrank:

    (Past tasting 25 Mar 2013) Young and fruity. Bit of spice on nose. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I  suggested PN because I have one someone gave me and I have to get rid ... ... got such a knock and now Pinot Noir - you can't just plant any old grape wherever you have land and expect to make a decent wine.Then it's clone selection, rootstock selection, row orientation, vine density, trellising method. Some of those go together, as you mig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • My 88 year old Mom drinks a bottle of Pinot Noir Every Evening. I'm Her 55 yr old Daughter who was a RN for over 20 yrs. I'm Not working & living with my Mom & She Must Have Her Bottle of Pimot Noir Every PM - I am always looking for a good buy for her Wine ! Plus we are on a budget & I'm trying to buy by the case and have it delivered to her ho...

    Comment by 1562399Torreyps 1562399 Torreyps


  • Here in New Zealand we are blessed with the finest "New World" Pinot Noir - as we say 'cheap as chips'. Come on over and try it - a Bucket List must. Especially the South Island. I'm not in the business - only an avid consumer!

    Comment by 934098Tomap 934098 Tomap


  • Pinot nero is known as the Burgundian king of red wines. With rich and intense aromas of dark berries, spice and violets and pairs well with light meats like (our veal scaloppine). This thin-skinned variety is grown in Alto Adige. Primarily in Bassa Atesina, but also Oltradige, Bolzano basin, Adige Valley, and Val Venosta. The Pinot Nero grows b...

    Comment by 939258Antonio Chef Tony 939258 Antonio Chef Tony


  • Sorry I forgot to say that the wine maker is Adelsheims Vinyard Thank You

    Comment by 980317ShaeO 980317 ShaeO


  • More over a question relating to an older vintage. Specifically a 1979 Pinot Noir . Which I happen to have. My question is ,how should I properly store this wondeful wine and can anyone confirm that on that label is the portrait of a fellow by the name of Scott W. Thank you for any answers that you might have. By: Shae A. Osborn

    Comment by 980317ShaeO 980317 ShaeO


  • I believe that Pinot Noir stands just as high as some of the other reds such as a Cab/or Zin..

    Comment by 535405hmachens 535405 hmachens


  • one of my favorite wines, best between 8ºC - 10ºC... great variety for soft red lovers. Cono Sur Pinot Noir is by far the best in Chile.

    Comment by 851278AlRamirez 851278 AlRamirez


  • 2008 Torii Mor deux verres It is stellar. 2008 is a great vintage for Willamette Pinot and the Torii Mor deux verres is among the best of them and is already drinking well above several more expensive Pinot. So classically light and yet so luxuriously fruity, with a perfect amount of tannic structure that will allow it to gain further complexity...

    Comment by 362251jamesy 362251 jamesy


  • I HAVE TO SAY PAUL HOBBS CROSS BARN VINYARD...ABSOLUTELY A PHENOMONAL WELL BALANCED BOTTLE OF WINE FOR ALL YOU PINOT NOIR LOVERS. THAT IS ONE SEXY BOTTLE

    Comment by 666705elcachimbo 666705 elcachimbo


  • MacMurray Ranch continues each year to be of very high taste and quality. Truly enjoyable. A standard from Sonoma. Enjoy.

    Comment by 598485ecco1212 598485 ecco1212


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