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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  • Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014


    Good wine. Light, but bright red fruit--thankfully not syrupy. Medium-bodied. Good tartness. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Testarossa Winery Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2016


    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Testarossa Winery Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    Delightfuly fruity nose. Full bodied with a great finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce

  • Fixin Jean-Baptiste Bejot 1996


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... negociant house and is 100% pinot noir.I started it last night with my steak supper.There is some black cherry and bramble style fruit but the tannins are quite noticable in spite of over 20 years of bottle age.There is little in the way of delicacy or subtlety as it is more rough and rustic.In ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Schug Pinot Noir Sonoma 2015


    ABV 13.8% Rather light on the nose but with hints of cherry. Ruby red in color. Body is medium light. First impression is sour cherry that becomes quite tart and finishes with a hint of dark cherry and some notable dry tannins. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Paul Bouchard Bourgogne 2015


    There wasn't much too it, sour cherry and otherwise pretty nondescript. There are many better wines at a similiar price point. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Miolo Cuvee Tradition Brut Serra Gaucha


    Aromatic toasted almond and butter croissant notes on the nose with dried apricot paste and lightly floral herbed lemon notes. Zesty and punchy on the palate, this comes with loads of lemon and grapefruit, a bit of persimmon and juicy green apple, bright acidity and notes of warm toast and melon. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Pizzato Vertigo Nature Vale Dos Vinhedos


    Tart lemon and wet slate aromas, very dry but nicely fresh. Full acidity and notes of lightly buttered sourdough amidst lemon and grapefruit, Brut and dry with good minerality but also with fruity notes of tangerine and melon to take away some of the raciness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Pizzato Brut Rose Vale Dos Vinhedos 2016


    Sour cherry and pink grapefruit aromas with sea air and light earth. Light cherry blossom notes with more forceful cranberry and strawberry flavors on the palate, this is herbal and earthy and raw and presents some tannins, tar and a note of watermelon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Pizzato Brut Vale Dos Vinhedos 2015


    Creamy marzipan and baked apple aromas with notes of pear and lemon on the nose. More creaminess on the palate with vanilla and almond notes, light toast and some leesiness, a soft mouthfeel with some acidity and notes of green apple, grapefruit and pear. 89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • 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


    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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