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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  • Mirassou Pinot Noir California 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by FFLADY


  • It’s no secret that we love German wines, but there’s more to them ... fallen head over heels for Pinot Noir. Guess what? Germany has been producing quality Pinot Noir under the name “Spätburgunder” for ages. In fact, Germany is actually the third largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world. While Pinot lovers are distracted by over-hyped sele... Read More

    From the article Expert Reveals German Wine Secrets


  • Fanagoria Authoring Wine Pinot Noir Merlot 2016

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    Fanagoria is always a good wine Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Merry Edwards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Darker than many popular PNs, these days. Light hit of plum flavors on entry. Very nice. A bit of bitterness towards the rear of the tongue/palate. My suspicion that it is tannin. This is not a wine with puckery tanninno surprise therebut I cant image where that sensation comes from. Meanwhile the time it takes me to write this is longer t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of ... and by horse. It's the Pinot Noir of the South for me! Fine material, very delicate, with length and a strong signature of the terroir. Whole berry maceration of ten days, then foot-tread and put in vat, with stems for the fine tannins they provide. 20 month agin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir Reserva 2012

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    Light and thready with pretty strawberry, raspberry and chewy tannins with decent acidity. 83 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Thanks guysSurprisingly the Batards didn't show too well. Both 2011's, ... that took top honors at the Pinot noir showdown all those years ago. Copain Kaiser En Bas Pinot Noi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Liking that Liquid Farm Roger. I picked up a Golden Slope at Bottle Barn a ... ... bottle.2014 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/6/2017)Light, elegant, cranberry, orange peel, pine needle, great minerality and acidity. This has an edginess to it that made it very interesting. Wonder... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Egly Ouriet Vp Grand Cru Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by cbirdsong


  • The Sunset magazine that arrived today had a (very) short article on some ... ... some ... cost for a bottle Pinot Noir.  The producer is Alit.  I am unfamiliar with this winery, but it looks like they are in Oregon.20.6% -- Price of the fruit. 7.8% -- Labor--winery staff. 16.1% -- Fermentation and aging--the winery, itself, plus barrels and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cost of a Bottle of Wine


  • If you want to try the best kept secret Pinots from the neighboring Santa Barbara area, then you have to get your hands on "Tantara"!! This is one of two top dogs in my book in that AVA including up five anywhere close to it. It's worth every penny, the winemakers, tatse, blend, and only put out the very best. This tiny winery puts out some seri...

    Comment by 390558Johnny V 390558 Johnny V


  • we love the Rheingau 2008 pinot noir Edition Maximilian where can I find it in Florida?

    Comment by 386161merrileeat 386161 merrileeat


  • I bought a bottle of Red Bicyclette 2006 Pinot Noir for $6.99.....it was ok....minimal fruit

    Comment by 304231nobagels 304231 nobagels


  • i like casillero del diablo pinot noir can same one recoment same other good pinot noir?

    Comment by 301856cabreraegc 301856 cabreraegc


  • THE absolute BEST Pinot Noir in Texas is Sister Creek from Sisterdale.

    Comment by 341394baln 341394 baln


  • looking for 2004 pinot noir from baron philippe de rothschild cant find it ion my area anybody?

    Comment by 338957belefont62 338957 belefont62


  • I have something to ask. I read the Pinot Noir from Los Aguilares, Ronda, Spain, won a golden prize at Sierre. Where can I find it?

    Comment by 336863etxaideitharte 336863 etxaideitharte


  • There are some interesting beginnings with Pinot N on grafted roots for early ripening in the Skagit Vallet area of Washington State. Precoce looking good so far, especially to our band-tailed pigeons.

    Comment by 124082Mike Hill 124082 Mike Hill


  • YES PINOT NOIR IS MY FAVORITE WINE. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE "THREE SISTERS". IM FROM INDIANA. OR DO YOU RECOMMEND ANOTHER PINOT NOIR?

    Comment by 322679smywpy 322679 smywpy


  • Despite registering a UK address, the recommendations are overwhelmingly US-based, which is not a lot of use.

    Comment by 265763Wadard 265763 Wadard


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