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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016

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    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2015

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    Floral and inviting sweet spice aromas with notes of clove, cinnamon and cherry. Dry and red fruited on the palate, lightly herbed notes of eucalyptus and licorice root with bright cherry, red currant preserves and a tart, tannic mouthfeel that turns inward, becoming earthy and brooding on a lightly smoked finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A To Z Wineworks the Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Black pepper spice and cherry notes with licorice and vanilla on the nose. A bit earthy, a bit tarry on the palate with a deep dark chocolate and black cherry palate, bold spice and thick tannins, concentrated and plummy towards the finish with more earthy, resinous character right to the tip. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Beautiful cranberry and cherry aromas with notes of red current jam and wild flowers. Powerful, juicy crushed cherry notes on the palate with fresh blueberry and raspberry notes around the edges, tart acidity on the mid palate and a soft mineral earth filling in on the finish with some dark chocolate and ripe plum skin.91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015

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    Raspberry seed and strawberry jam aromas with full cherry notes and a gentle cedar character with baking spice. Herbal cherry and red currant on the palate with deep, rich flavors of red berry, strawberry and red currant, a floral expression of freshly picked blossom, tart cranberry on the mid palate and a finish of creamy textured earth.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Ripe, bold cherry and raspberry aromas with notes of fresh cut flowers. Juicy, round and firm mouthfeel with pleasantly fruity and smooth notes of cherry compote, raspberry jam and mellow tannins warm on the finish with cinnamon spice and creamy texture of mixed berry and fresh earth. Easy drinking and quite pleasant.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Winter's Hill Estate Watershed Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Clear, impressively fruited nose redolent of cherries, raspberries and cream with vanilla notes and a touch of smoke. In the mouth this is herbal and earthy, with thick streaks of tarry toast and smoke layered with blueberry, cherry and raspberry fruit, a tart focused palate towards the finish with cherry cola and chocolate.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nuits-Saint-Georges 'En la Perriere Noblot' Domaine Machard de Gramont 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £25 from the website www.houseoftownend.com. ... red and white wines made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively [though most are red] from the two communes of Nuits-Saint-Georges and Preneaux-Prissy.There are no Grand Cru vineyards but 41 Premier Cru although my bottle is only a village level wine from the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Retailers report, and empirical evidence demonstrates, that Valentine's Day ... NV is crafted primarily from pinot noir grapes with a small (under 10%) complement of chardonnay grapes. The floral and fruity nose invites you in, but the creamy mouthfeel is decadent and the flavor palette offers ripe pear with fresh apple, secondary notes of crèm... Read More

    From the article Eleventh Hour Valentine's Day Wines


  • LC Mont.  was a complete surprise to me.  I'd had it before and really enjoyed it.  Drinks like certain Siduri wines. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


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  • World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) events start Friday, March 6 with seminars/tastings including John Winthrop Haeger (North American Pinot Noir); a tasting of Santa Cruz Mountains Pinots exploring the flavor profiles of the region's newly defined subregions; an examination of organic, sustainable, biodynamic vineyard practices; and then the big tasting...

    Comment by 141939Mary Lindsay 141939 Mary Lindsay


  • The World of Pinot Event start on Wed March 4. Cliff Resort Shell Beach in California. If this is with too short notice, Pinot Days are coming up as well.

    Comment by 141077Ekman 141077 Ekman


  • Just started getting into Pinot. It's a little more delicate than some of the fruit bombs I'm used to, but I'm enjoying getting accustomed to its light but leathery tarry goodness.

    Comment by 6331solomania9 6331 solomania9


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