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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  • Cloudline Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2004

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    imported from danceforme but uncertain 3-3.5. Read More

    Wine review by salomogt


  • V V - We love those Soter wines.  Their Pinot Noir were so tasty that we almost joined their wine club last year.Yesterday was a full day at the theater.  We headed out around 11:30 AM for The Kennedy Center, parked our car and grabbed a quick lunch at the nearby deli (nice pizza and a glass of red wine), then prepared ourselves for three....yes... Read More

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  • Sanford Pinot Noir la Rinconada Vineyard 2012

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    very good balance of fruits, oak, and mild spices. comparable to 1er Cru Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chateau de Chamirey Mercurey les Ruelles 2012

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    pretty good balance of berry fruits and minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Troviscal Tinto 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nuno M Pereira


  • Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV

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    Wonderful as usual. Apples, nuttiness, a slight touch of cherry with a cripness and acidity that give this an excellent finish. 91 points - drink now - Paul. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Gallo Signature Series Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2014

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    Pure, floral, fresh and fruity on the nose, this is very cherry noted and inviting. On the palate this continues to show excellent purity of fruit, expressing an elegant and delicate but assertive cherry note that's classic Pinot but also a pleasant herbal earthiness supporting the fruit and adding depth and complexity. Easy drinking and approac... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sirens Muse Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

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    A Tasting Room selection from a few months ago. Their onsite description seems accurate to me. 'Aromas of wild berries, savory dried herbs and subtle earthiness are immediately evident upon pouring. On the palate, flavors of ripe cherries, black tea and pomegranate are framed by fine-grained tannins, earthy minerality and bright acidity. This wi... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • You never know what event is going to bring along one of those reference point ... that nose.Then there was the Pinot Noir Throw Down. The '07 Amalie Robert had me thinking it was the Grand Cru Burgundy I brought! Just checked in on that wine on New Year's, and it's still terrific as ever. Regret not buying more when it was $33 at Vinopolis. T... Read More

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  • Sandra cooked a turkey (another New Year's Day tradition, as we pick up an ... it with this 2010 Barnett Pinot Noir.  Life is better than goo Read More

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  • 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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