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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  • Don't know but you will like him. He's a good guy although his taste is distinctly French. I ran into him in France one time, completely unexpectedly. GdP also knows him well.I'll set something up to introduce you in the next month or so. Had no idea he'd moved out west. But I think the last few times I've seen him we've had Bordeaux.  Read More

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  • Greg, I should just send over a bottle. When are you getting together with your friend? Read More

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  • Sourcing locally, or from your NYC cellar? You could always raid JD's. Or are you talking Sonoma/Willamette? Oh dear, having to trample your well known aversion for mere friendship...  ;-) Read More

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  • Dmcker - I like fuller pinots with more fruit, not that thready, soft, pinot. More dark cherry than softer raspberry, red cherry.  That's my palate not that it matters. They certainly DON'T act like a hot Cali cabs.I don't know you guys well enough to know your tongue in cheek from other statements, so no I didn't catch it...and why should I care? Read More

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  • Be nice D! I just got word from an old friend who just moved out to SD. Long time in the wine business, loves Burgundy and knows it well. I have to find something worthy to share with him. Read More

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  • Well, CA pinot noir grown in the wrong place, trying to behave like a hot, fruit-forward Napa cab, doesn't sit well with me, either. Maybe you didn't notice Greg's tongue in cheek, RCKR.  ;-)ESOL, what PN from Burgundy have you tried? And from OR? Read More

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  • Well put Greg. Exactly what I like in wines in general. Thin, thready pinot doesn't really sit well with me.ESOL - Good list to start with - have fun and pair with the right food. Read More

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  • In each case, these were made New World style with very concentrated extraction ... for the biggest, fruitiest Pinot Noir you can find. Something that is the true expression of the grape! No use spending time with thin, tasteless wines.And welcome to the foru Read More

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  • Lincourt Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2009

    Snoothrank:

    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Lincourt, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase their wines until they hire a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Roth Estate Pinot Noir 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • 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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