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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  • Torre Quarto Red Blend Puglia IGT Quarto Ducale 2007

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    The wine is a lighter color, somewhere between a pinot noir and a syrah. The nose is very interesting, with a tart combination of cherry, fresh cut grass and spice box over hints of leather and prune, The taste is quite nice, with some rich black fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions nicely to some notes of cardamom and ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Helping Hand Pinot Noir North Coast 2012

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    Another Naked Wines Selection:Pale Cherry Red Ruby translucent in the glass. Opens with chocolate vanilla and cocoa, then cherry vanilla with raw cashew, finally some roasted spice. Very smooth mouthful with just a touch of alcohol. Bright with good acidity. Long exceedingly smooth finish of rose, jasmine, almond, and a bit of oak. Opens very qu... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bryter Estates Pinot Noir 2012 2012

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    I've had three Bryter wines and never has one failed to impress. I'm an ... an ... an interloper in the land of Pinot Noir...a novice at best. But even a neophyte can sense that this is an outstanding representation of the varietal. Tasted it last night, so I'm lost for actual detailed descriptors. What lingers in my mind is the elegant, balan... Read More

    Wine review by GrantC


  • Congratulations V V; That must have been a difficult exam.  We've been ... focus at the time was their Pinot Noir - I just loved it.  Anyway, I did a little research on the exam.  Are you planning on becoming a Sommelier?The Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) offers four courses – levels 1, 2, 3, and Diploma. A person may start at level 1,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Seraphim Valle Central Chile Pinot Noir 2014

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    a little young, should improve with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012

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    Cooked black berries and cherries with leather and forest floor. Some oak but well balanced tannins and acid. Very approachable now, could be cellared for 7 to 10 years. I will revisit this wine in 2017 to revise the collaring dates. Read More

    Wine review by ivine


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2013

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    Fruit forward with good acidity. This is a relatively sweet wine with a long after taste of cherry syrup. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2013

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    Cool and light aromas of violets, plum, ripe cherry and licorice with a dusty, earthy note as well. Full flavored and medium bodied, this shows considerable restraint on the attack but delivers more fruit as it develops in the mouth, mostly bright cherry and raspberry, with a round finish that's lightly spiced and pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Hacienda Araucano Pinot Noir Reserva 2013

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    A bit tarry and heated on the nose with some green strawberry fruit showing through. Tart cherry and mild strawberry on the palate with some dark fruit showing through as well and a dark berry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • DV, I punted on the Pinot.  Too many other great wines at Hendry that were better QPRs.  We should go back and pay another visit if you get down here.  I love that place--the history, the down to earth owners, its slightly off the usual path location--if it were a little farther on that road, it would qualify as Mount Veeder.  In fact, it probab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • 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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