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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  • Her name is Sparrow and her idea may be more than a lark. This past week ... process comes in handy with pinot noir, whose color is already delicate and doesn't endure well. “Normally with a pinot noir, the colour doesn't last,” she told ABC. “That's why normally you don't age a pinot for 10 or 15 years.” Sparrow said winemakers have shown int... Read More

    From the article Skin Deep: Australian Blender Boosts Wine Color Without the Fuss


  • Tonight, to pair with some pork chops yet to be cooked, I opened a nice Pinot Noir, this being the Masut Pinot Noir, 2012 vintage.  It's a bit different, kind of peppery, but not bad.Special note.  I did not remember how we obtained this wine.  Turns out this is one of three that was sent to us by mistake (we never ordered it) and the winery sai... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    nice 1 Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Sea Smoke "10" Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2007

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    good Read More

    Wine review by testscreen


  • Neely "Hidden Block" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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    Pretty nice Santa Cruz pinot. Mostly ripe red and black cherry on the nose. The cherries come out on the palate as well as some rhubarb. The acidity is a bit restrained and there's a touch of baking spice on the backend. Tannins are fairly light and fine grained and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • My wife selected a Toretti's Pinot Noir "Inocencio" 2009 Santa Barbara County. Notes of vanilla, cocoa and earthiness, slight mineral flavor. It is delicious. Can't wait to try the ribs and smoked yams!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Joseph Belland Santenay Beauregard Premiere Cru 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • The wine gods may very well strike you down the next time you pour that ... ... drank three wines – pinot noir, syrah and cabernet sauvignon – from a wine glass and a glass beaker. “The glass makes all the difference where it delivers the wine to your palate,” Horn said during the seminar. “If you spent $75 on a cab, don't you deserve to put i... Read More

    From the article Sipping from the Proper Stemware: Experts Give Opinions at Cleveland Wine Week


  • Joseph Drouhin Vosne Romanee 2012

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    Very nice unoaked Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Flowers Seaview Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • 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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