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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  • OK Thanks for all your suggestions. I was able to find most of your ... I have ... I have a decent selection of Pinot Noir on order now, at a range of price points, most of which should be a good fit to my style preference. I'm just getting one of each for now, but will stock up if any tickle the right spot. Here's what I ended up ordering:201... Read More

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  • Welcome Esol! I don't drink too much PN but when I do I go with:  Read More

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  • I prefer the Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Noir as a general rule, but we've had some great ones from Anderson Valley (Goldeneye from Duckhorn). Read More

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  • 2014 Donkey & Goat Pinot Noir Helluva Vineyard (Anderson Valley)Great Pinot, if you don't mind good acidity along with the fresh fruit and some stem inclusion. Think it's the best CA Pinot under $40, and maybe higher. Read More

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  • This sounds like a question for GregT--should be right up his alley! Read More

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  • I find that typically the warmer the region the riper (and bigger/richer) the pinot. We were in Santa Barbara last December and then in Willamette Valley over the 4th and the general differences in their respective pinots are quite noticeable.  I'll 2nd the Hahn rec from RCKR. Adelaida has a Sta. Rita Hills pinot from the Doctors Vineyard and an... Read More

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  • Thanks RCKR1951 - I ordered a couple bottles of the 2014. Read More

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  • The Hahn Slh 2013 & 2014 are good ones to start with.  Welcome to snooth! Read More

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  • I typically shy away from Pinot Noir, preferring more full bodied, dark & dense varieties.But I have had a couple Pinot's that knocked my socks off. In each case, these were made New World style with very concentrated extraction resulting in a fruity palette and dense mouth feel. But I don't recall what wines/vintages were like this.Would love t... Read More

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  • i cannot figure out to use your wine finder = the places to type in wine ect. I cannot find - I cannot go thru thousands of wines in calif. I amm looking for red tree pinot noir

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