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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  • So that Pauillac Bordeaux wine was most excellent last night and we were ... ... wine, this 2013 Bourgogne Pinot Noir.  What to celebrate?  Well I'm selling my chopper next Friday (12 June) to a guy in Kentucky who is driving 7.5 hours (450 miles) to come and pick it up, and today I put a deposit down on a used 2005 Fat Boy to replace it!  I l... Read More

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  • Crane Lake Petite Sirah 2013

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    I love this wine from Crane Lake...has great flavor..used to drink their Pinot Noir but now this is my favorite. Read More

    Wine review by dliverpool


  • Kenwood Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by Bonbon08


  • Kendall Jackson Vinter's Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I took a break from painting Sandra's closet to go pick up a wine order ... Sauvignon, two of the 2012 Pinot Noir (Charles Vineyard in Anderson Valley), and two of the 2012 Tenacity (Rhone style blend).  We'll hang onto these wines for a bit.  The painting project started Sunday when I spent two hours taking everything out.  You know how women... Read More

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  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... ... pressure.” Pinot Noir – The Drama Queen Pinot Noir has always had a reputation for being tough to grow. You can look at it wrong and it will rot. It is prone to diseases, sunburn, berry splitting, and nutrient issues. Making high quality Pinot Noir is a labor ... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities


  • Deloach Russian River Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by ejb7777


  • Toretti 2011

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    Oh... Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs... I am a big fan of the French wines, I made it to Napa... and yet... I have a soft spot in my heart (and mouth) for the beauty of the many flavors of their Pinot Noirs. Mr. Toretti knows what he is doing too: silky, yet firm, and sophisticated, this wine will go well with almost any foods (not sure about ... Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne 2011

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    a garden variety burgogne definitely 2X overpriced. Rather smooth, but ... better than your everyday pinot noi Read More

    Wine review by zradical


  • This has been a nice day, starting off with us sleeping in until about 0900. ... this 2008 Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir wine from the Gowan Creek Vineyard.  We paid about $80 for this wine a few years ago and yes, it is very nice.  I also started pulling stuff out of Sandra's closet in our master bathroom.  I am going to paint her closet next... 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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