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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  • Carmenere Carmenere great value hard to sell, the Mondavi is a standard the Cab ... price and I do well with the Pinot Noir. Kendall Jackson is another one, very popular, and that Chardonnay is always on poi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Evolution 19th Edition

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    Sokol Blosser is known for its Dundee OR Pinot Noir, but the blends are fantastic values. This white has a panoply of white varieties such as Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a host of others. The flavour tends to pear, peach and lychee - possibly suggestive of a goodly portion of Gewurztraminer. Fun stuff and good value. 87 po... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

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    Slightly murky maroon color. Something of a microbial noseyogurtwith, maybe, some herbaceousness. Very light hit of strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Fairly light bodied. Negligible tannin. Very light acid. Interesting sensation at the back of the palatemelon, as much as anything. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition 2013

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    Had this at Marcello's Chophouse for lunch yesterday. Initially fruit forward and still young, Opens with ripe Red Cherries then tamps down with interesting minerality and soil. Quite pleasant as it opens in the Glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2013

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    Delicate violet and ripe black cherry aromas are bold and fresh on the nose. This is focussed and tight in the mouth, with cherry notes that open up well providing nice acidity and precise balance from the structure here. A nice range of flavors here with cherry, cocoa and violet mingling with some licorice and vanilla on the finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir 2013

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    This was an easy drinking well balanced wine. A bit bright but not tanic. Raspberries are coming forward nicely. Enough depth to impress. Price point was awesome. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • We all know where most of America will be on Super Bowl Sunday, watching the ... accompany with a glass of Pinot Noir or Shiraz.   Mary Ann Esposito is one of America’s most beloved television chefs. Through her long-running PBS program Ciao Italia and appearances on other television programs including  The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, QVC, th... Read More

    From the article Super Bowl Sunday Kitchen Counter Tailgate


  • Monthelie Premier Cru Sur la Velle Eric Boigelot 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... and white wines made from pinot noir and chardonnay respectively from the commune of that name.This commune has a surface area of less than 1.5 square miles and has only 300 acres under vine.There are no grand cru vineyards but there are 15 premier cru one of which is 'Sur la Velle ' where the f... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fox, the Schram Mirabelle is up there with the worst wines I've tasted! ... Sauv Blanc $15 (2.5 cases)Pinot Noir: 2014 Donkey & Goat Helluva $28 (2 cases)Cabernet: 2013 Rutherford Ranch $15 (2 cases)That's over a hundred bottles. Luckily the Dog Point is screw cap...pretty sure the rest are under cork but haven't checked the Cab's closure yet,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic California Sparkling Matchup


  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 2013

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    Light cranberry and crushed violet aromas with dark cherry. Dark black cherry on the palate with an explosion of fruit up front that carries a floral note through with hints of poppy seed and cinnamon, very nicely integrated with a perfect acidic pop towards the finish, which leads the way for bright red fruit and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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