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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  • Interesting to see my comments from a few years ago. Definitely would have responded a little differently today, and I haven't had a Pinotage since that time in 2012 or 2013! But it was fresh in my mind at the time, and made as good of sense as anything at the time.  Read More

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  • I had a good ol' darn Ruffino reeserva ducale Chianti 2011.  I always forget how much I like it.  Cheap, reliable and a beautiful nose.  Definitely leaner than what I usually like, but a nice change.  I'm glad you're staying true to yourself Greg ;) Read More

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  • "Pinotage despite the name and heritage  is NOTHING like Pinot Noir."This is cool! After three years dig up an old thread and post a rant! Perfect random move.I do agree though.And the OP is never coming back. But musing on the original question, I would assume something like Emark and Penguinoid (another dearly departed) did - i.e. something li... Read More

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  • I was just pushing buttons Al.  Honestly, I think it's a pretty negative subject and I don't believe it's serving anyone other than a curiosity.  None of us really drink crappy wine.  It's all subjective anyway.  OT won't buy malbec.  I like malbec.  Greg won't buy Pinot Noir, but JD loves it.  As I said, for me the topic was more relevant to ex... Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... think pinotage tastes likes pinot noir, then the assumption is that your taste database was populated by non-Burgundian, New World pinots. If you grew up on Chilean pinots, what else might you identify as similar?Have you had pinot noir blended with other grapes (... Read More

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  • Pinotage despite the name and heritage  is NOTHING like Pinot Noir. Read More

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  • Underwood Pinot Noir 2013

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    Wine review by kappakutie


  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... to bringing out what the pinot noir and chardonnay in those domaines there have to say. Then let's throw in some of that magical 'terroir', too.Dosing with syrah vin de medicine hasn't been happening much in Burgundy since shortly after World War I, so we're talking n... Read More

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  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • I don't remember tasting a Pinot Noir from Virginia.  Was it worth the money you paid V V?  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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