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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

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    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Since 1975, DeLoach Vineyards has been a pioneer in the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley. With the conviction that terroir is the driving force behind exceptional wines, the winery was one of the first to fully adapt its vineyards to the laws of Biodynamic farming and become Biodynamic certified.Tod... Read More

    From the article Exceptional Biodynamic Wines from the Russian River Valley at DeLoach


  • When Fess Parker purchased his 714-acre ranch back in 1987, he had a vision for ... include the 2011 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, which received 92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine, and the 2012 Ashley’s Chardonnay, which earned 94 points from Wine Enthusiast. The winery itself can be found on the picturesque Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, a narrow cou... Read More

    From the article 25 Years of Santa Barbara Winemaking at Fess Parker Winery


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine 2012

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    The best show for me in the past 9 months. Siduri did the work, & I fed the ... found in this SL Highlands Pinot Noir. Most SLH show Blueberries and Blackberries.-Oh what a Vineyard and Winemaker. Mille Gratis William@ Baro Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Kramer Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose 2013

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    Very satisfying sparkler from one of Willamette's oldest wineries. Pink rose color with wild strawberry, tart cherry, decent acidity and a medium finish. This is not real dry but not sweet either, it walks a fine line between both, quite enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Anam Cara Cellars Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


  • William Cole Vineyards Albamar Pinot Noir 2011

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    Nice. Guava flavors Read More

    Wine review by Rupclose


  • Last night we attended an interesting theater performance of 'Cheri' at ... wine pairing was a nice 2011 Pinot Noir from Napa Valley (forgot the details of which winery) that was very nice.  After dinner I had a grappa (Clear Creek Grappa Moscato) and Sandra enjoyed a sherry (Lustau San Emilo).  Both of these were very tasty.  Sandra really enj... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Henri Bourgeois Sancerre les Baronnes 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2012

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    Something of an herbal nose, but, then, some cherry fruit hints. Serious cherry flavor on entry to the palate. Once I get over that, its a pretty good wine. A medium-bodied winealmost insignificant tannin or acid--that would be nice with a grilled game hen or a pork chop. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Roblar Mission Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

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    Unbelievably smooth.. Lots of strawberry, cherry, and vanilla.. Very juicy. Perfect for conversation x Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler


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