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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  • Domaine Parent Volnay Premiere Cru Clos des Chenes 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • RC - Nice that you were able to help out neighbors in time of need.  There ... this afternoon; these are Pinot Noir of course.  They will go promptly to Sandra's wine racks before I can open on Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Have you been to Burgundy before? Lyon deserves a day or more (far more) for ... different grapes than the pinot noir and gamay and chardonnay of Burgundy. That's another trip, not to be confused with Lyon-into-Burgundy within a four-day timespan! Unless you just like to sit behind glass in a car or coach or boat and snap photos of scenery pas... Read More

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  • The red wines of Austria are an underappreciated jewel of the wine world. ... ... others to try.  Pinot Noir A new style of Pinot Noir is emerging from Austria – one that delivers the same coolness and crispness you see in all of the country’s wines. These are notably graceful and careful expressions of the grape that will be attractive to all... Read More

    From the article The Great Red Wines of Austria

  • Martinelli Bondi Home Ranch Pinot Noir 2006


    @ my current venue. Nice Garnet color. Nice 5minute close. Appreciated by the guests. -- don't wait... drink now. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Congress Springs Pinot Noir 2013


    Medium intensity ruby-red color with light golden brown rim. Discreet sweet flowers and yummy cranberry jelly nose with lightly toasted wood. Medium body silky-smooth taste of raspberry, cranberry and something wide at background, kind of peel of rye bread... Bright long aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Hi guys, I'm here again for some advice on wine travel: I will be in Lyon this November for 4 days (well, 3 and 1/2) and I was thinking about trying to hit a couple of caves. I will not be driving, which makes it tricky, but not afraid of taking trains, buses, Bla Bla Car, Uber, etc... Also not *totally* opposed to tours... I know, beggars can't... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking...

  • Sicily has a jaded reputation. Thanks to the illustrious movie making of ... ... considered a cross between Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo. This grape is grown in the rich volcanic soil of Mt. Etna. It offers red fruit and floral notes with structure of tannins and acidity to promote age-ability.A final Sicilian red grape of note is Frappato. Formerl... Read More

    From the article A Sicilian Wine Renaissance

  • Seaside Cellars New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Siduri Van Der Kamp 2008


    Last Bottle of Siduri at my current Venue. A 2008 Siduri Van Der Kamp Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Mountains. ***And the Curse: The last bottle from a Winery in your cellar is ALWAYS the "Cream of the Crop" and best. Amazing color, definitely Burgundy.-Still with a cork in 2008.-***** 5 Star Adam Lee as expected. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

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