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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  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... ... of hours. Same grapes (pinot noir, gamay, chardonnay, though many others also grown in Switzerland), and lots of interaction between the populations. And Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) is viewed by some as the source of the Rhone, while others only see the lake as a wide spo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • It worked - I feel better.You're lucky, RCKR, that therapy never works for ... ... last week and a Wind Gap Pinot Noir. I missed out on an interesting sounding $15 Napa Syrah--I took too long to set up my account--but I'm certainly not going to lose sleep about tha Read More

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  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Tight savory notes of cranberry and soft cherry on the nose with hints of dark spice. This continues to be restrained and tart in the mouth with more cranberry and earthy cherry notes with sticky resinous streaks and a light creamy spice on the lengthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Based in Geneva? Plenty of good food and drink in that town, though not always ... ... will hit the spot. Swiss pinot noir is light enough to work, too, of course, even without airconditioning. But that theoretical trip to Lyon could certainly nuke them all.I thought you were just joking about some Bordeaux blends at a shop inside Logan while ... Read More

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  • Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France

  • Anne Amie Vineyards Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Intriguing, lightly savory aromas of mineral earth frame the bright sweet fruit aromas of Bing cherries, strawberry and crushed flower petals. Cool blue fruit and zesty spice on the palate, this is smooth and true to form with buoyant cherry and mixed berry notes, tart acidity with red currant up front and a streak of raspberry preserves on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Erath Willakia Vineyard Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills 2014


    Darkly rich aromas of spiced cherry, red currant and blueberry with good minerality. This is restrained but elegant in the mouth, demonstrating a range of fruit - black cherry, mixed berry and bramble fruit with earthy notes of licorice bark, soft minerality and a candied chocolate cherry note towards the finish that ties up the palate nicely. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir Oregon 2014


    Tart cherry and strawberry aromas with floral notes of violet and chalky earth. Full and fresh in the mouth with lively spice and rich cherry notes, bold acidity and earthy medicinal notes with some licorice, minerality and more spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Cedar, strawberry and cherry aromas with wood shavings and soft floral spice. Nicely tart and fresh on the palate, excellent tannic structure and fruit notes of cranberry, strawberry and cherry alongside light spice and an approachable finish with the tannins and tart fruit lingering for a bit. Read More

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  • Every wine producing country has strengths and weaknesses, some more than ... ... ... in Chile. For starters, Pinot Noir, one of the most fickle grapes in the world, is being produced in a genuine style that speaks to the grape itself and the terroir it comes from. Syrah has seen an uptick in production and there are some terrific examples. C... Read More

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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.

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  • 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.

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