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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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... and his chardonnay and pinot noir have been made into wines by all kinds of glitzy names.  But some of them have decided it's too remote.  So they have made some wines themselves. This was under the Alder Springs label.  I don't think it's been completely successful, so I fo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Norman Hardie Pinot Noir -Unfiltered 2009

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    A lovely expression of Pinot Noir - uniquely County. Pale cherry red color. Beautiful floral nose, ripe raspberry, cherry fruit and funky earthiness. Light to Mid-weight, smooth and sweet on the palate with hints of silky black cherries, plums, herb fruit and fine, spicy notes. Lingering pure fruit finish. Enjoy this wine on its own or with food... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • OK elevator pitch...Registered Interior Designer with a passion for wine, food & travel. Several credits (and bottles) into my Sommelier training. Here to learn, post and laugh a lot :-)Cheers Cora :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Vincent Girardin Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru 'Clos Sorbe' Domaine Francois Legros 2008

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/113592 for £20. Morey-Saint-Denis is an appellation created in 1936[ although viticulture here goes back to at least the 10th century] for both red and white wines [although 90% are red ] from the commune of that name on the Cotes de Nuits in Burgundy.'Clos Sorbe' i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • King Estate Winery King Estate Pinot Noir 2013

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    The wine is a bit lighter in color, with bright ruby color, classic Pinot. The nose presents aromas of green grass, tar and that classic Pinot twang (which can best be described as a combination of tart cherry, burnt toast and barnyard). The taste is pretty nice for a Pinot (and you know I'm not the biggest Pinot fan), with a rush of tart cher... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Hendry Pinot Noir Napa Valley Hendry Ranch 2006

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    The wine is a lighter garnet color, somewhat darker and with a bit more of a brownish tint than your typical Pinot, The nose is classic Pinot, with a rush of ripe strawberries and plums overlaid with some mineral notes and a bit of smoke. The taste is actually quite nice, with a rush of ripe fruit up front, strawberries, cherries, and currant,... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Volnay Premier Cru Clos de la Chapelle 2007

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    The wine is very light in color, almost appearing like a rose. The nose is a lovely combination of bright red berries, floral notes and a heaping helping of earthy goodness. The taste is interesting, as you have a good bit of ripe red fruit, raspberry, cherry, mulberry, that has a nice balance of acidity, before you transition to some wonderfu... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

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    Floral cherry and mixed berry aromas. Easy drinking with simple cherry notes on the palate, a hint of medicine and tart cranberry and a violet petal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013

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    Light medium in weight, garnet in color, sour cherries upon sipping with lots of acidity and a medium length slightly bitter finish. 12% abu. A simple wine with lots of pinot character for $15. Winner!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Michael Stephens 2008 pinot noir.Is it worth buying?

    Comment by 539349Thick Legs 539349 Thick Legs


  • pinot noir wine is the BEST, never found a brand I didn't like!! :-)

    Comment by 534356TNSouthernbelle 534356 TNSouthernbelle


  • I need someone to help take some of my Seasmoke allocation when available.' Annie

    Comment by 528494SilverOakAnnie 528494 SilverOakAnnie


  • Pinot Noir is my favorite wine, I just love the flavor! I don't get a wine break often! I work at home while raising two very active girls, 3 and 8! So when I do get to enjoy a wonderful glass of Pinot Noir I'm in heaven.

    Comment by 498868jadarain2 498868 jadarain2


  • Why have they stopped selling German Spatburgunder in New hampshire? My brother in law brought me a bottle, and it was the most delicious, arromatic bottle of Pinot I have ever tasted and smelled. I was overwhelmed! He said it only ran about 15 bucks a bottle...I wish I remembered what it was.

    Comment by 472037fawkinscratch 472037 fawkinscratch


  • zugibe vineyards pinot......awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! words do not do it justice!

    Comment by 355447msnfmp 355447 msnfmp


  • Looking for Chateau De La Tour De L'Ange, Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2007) i live in Florida (USA) and cannot locate in my area. Any leads would be welcomed. :) THX

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  • I really enjoyed the Block 512 Pinot. Has anyone found a Pinot like that one they would share?

    Comment by 420220crouse04 420220 crouse04


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