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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  • Last night we went out to dinnera nd brought a coupe bottles.The Bambino was ... Rivers Marie OccidentalRidge Pinot Noir and a 2006 EMH Black Cat Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Woo ho Read More

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  • Duckhorn Migration Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2012

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    Had at Ruth Chris. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Windrun Pinot Noir 2012

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    very smooth, with nice finish Read More

    Wine review by wsburns


  • RC - Oh, those aren't my cats, they are rescue cats that I work with on Cat ... ... plus another nice 2010 Pinot Noir, this time from Paradise Ridge Winery that we used to belong to a few years ago.  It was very good but not quite on the level of the Duckhorn Golden-Eye we had Sunday for that Pink Martini concert (see my Weekend Wines post). &nbs Read More

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  • Blazon Pinot Noir 2014

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    The wine has low acidity. It smells like cranberry, strawberry, cherry and raspberry. The wine finishes short. It tastes like strawberry, raspberry and cherry. The wine looks ruby colored. The legs are medium. There is no sediment in the bottle. The wine has juicy texture. Easy drinking wine with heavy red fruits. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2014

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    A bit lighter style Pinot, but still a more earth, mineral, deep fruit style rather than a fruit forward one. Well-balanced and very enjoyable with a long finish of milk chocolate and plum. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012

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    Great Pinot..Musty, Earthy, Herbs and Spices, and Roasted Fruit rather than a bright Fruit forward Pinot. Very smooth, well balanced with just a hint of Tannins.Lovely and very well priced. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Left Coast Cellars White Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Fresh lemon and melon aromas on the nose with a mellow heat and a bit of spice coming through. This has a touch of bright sweet spice on entry with white peach and dried apricot notes, soft lemon with a bit of tart acidity and a juicy melon finish with a hint of papaya and cream. Read More

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  • V V - Have you tried a Duckhorn Merlot?  They are probably the best Merlot ... 2010 'Ten Degrees' Pinot Noir from Goldeneye paired with charcuterie and even though a slight breeze was blowing, you knew it was a hot day - as in the high 90's with lots of humidity.  Our seats were right up front and center, just one row back from the stage.  You ... Read More

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  • We just ordered six of Kelly's wines, 2 each of the 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir, the 2014 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir Red Barn Blocks and the 2014 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir.  These are for a fall delivery I believe. Even better news - we are considering another trip to the west coast in March of 2017.  This time we hope to fly into Seattle ... Read More

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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  • 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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