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

  • Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Intriguing licorice and earthy bramble aromas with fresh cherries and strawberries and a smoky note. Soft, gentle on entry but generous on the palate with bold cherry and cranberry flavors, smoky earth and spice and a finish of mineral tar and leather that adds a bit of austerity to the end of this complex bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Saved Wines Magic Maker Rose California 2016

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    Fleshy watermelon and strawberry aromas. Quite zesty on the palate with a burst of acidity, tart cherry and watermelon on the palate with a bit more strawberry fruit on the tart tangy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard 2013

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    The kind of pinot that I like. Not in your face with fruit. There is, in fact ... ... Appropriately, for a Pinot Noir, not full-bodied, at al Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Eminent Domaine Pinot Noir First Protocol 2013

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    Excellent flavor, complex, smooth, notes of blackberry and spice. Read More

    Wine review by gaudiumvino67


  • Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir Clarksburg 2015

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    Beautiful example of California Pinot Noir! Solid fruit flavors and just the right amount of earthy funk. 95 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Finca la Pampa Barrel Selected Pinot Noir 2016

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    I got given this bottle of wine back at Christmas and have no idea where my ... ... of Argentina It is 100% pinot noir and spent 6 months in oak barrels. I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast pork.There is some cherry,raspberry and cola style fruit with soft tannins that gave just sufficent structure. It was not quite up to ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Who knows?  Maybe I can learn to appreciate Pinot Noir: As many, here, know, my biggest objection to California PNs is that they taste so much like cherry cough syrup.  This one does present red fruit, but it is a suggest, only.  That is so nice.  Maybe, also, i'm getting the advantage of a couple years of bottle age.  Nothing dominates.  There ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2015

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    Bright red cherry aromas with a light note of cranberry, this is fresh and floral with darkly sweet spice. Soft and mellow note with a zesty mid palate that delivers a bold freshness and a mixture of blueberry and plum spice, more notes of fresh cranberry and lightly textured tannins, a smooth and balanced wine with soft fruit and fall spice tow... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Knudsen Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Tart sour cherry and floral wildberry aromas with hints of dusky cranberry and fresh spice. The palate is a full bowl of cherries, round and generous with sweet spice and creamy vanilla notes through the mid palate, finishing with a clean light red currant and cranberry note and gentle tannins, zesty spice and a touch of candied herb. Very pleas... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nomade Pinot Noir 2014

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    this exemplifies for me what a good Pinot noir should taste like: smooth, sublime, rich yet not overwhelming. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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

    Comment by 455354slouiso 455354 slouiso


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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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