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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  • Antonin Rodet Red Burgundy 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special offer at £12.Antonin Rodet is a large and well known Buirgundy house and this is one of their more basic cuvees I started it last night with my steak supper.There is plenty of a soft cherry and raspberry style fruit but it is not particularly full bodied although unobs... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EM:  That is another Viking Ocean Cruise.  Our cruise is in the ... ... ... ate pork chops with the Pinot Noir. &nbs Read More

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  • Sandra and I had a wonderful four thousand mile road trip in August to view the 2017 solar eclipse in totality at Douglas, Wyoming.  Check out our web page and see what it's like to drink bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon trail, go up into the St. Louis Arch, see Carhenge, the Devil's Tower, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore, Chicago's Field Museum, and the... Read More

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  • Does that mean it was made out pinot noir?64 Read More

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  • Layer Cake Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Bhgarrison


  • Went to both websites and read about there, with the info provided. ... ... ... (Ravens Glen) for their pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Read More

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  • Zinfandel for some reason reminds me of porta-potty deodorizer. I think if I never smelled a porta-potty I would like it though! I can always taste Zinfandel in blended Italian table wines and it turns me off, although there are a few brands I like that do have a little Zinf but mainly Merlot.It has a rose or flower scent and taste to it that ju... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

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    Pleasant watermelon and cherry aromas are juicy and inviting. This has a fresh, tingling acidity and a zesty spice on the palate. Its playful and clean with excellent fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry leading up to a bit of an earthy finish. 90 points Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J Vineyards Brut Rose NV

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    It brings pleasantly rustic, smoky strawberry and sour cherry aromas with a creamy vanilla note and light toast. The palate is full bodied, zesty and decadent with cherry, strawberry and ripe watermelon flavors, a buoyant acidity and lively texture with a bit of grapefruit zest and vanilla frosting on the finish adding some depth. 92 points Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose Pfalz 2016

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    The 2016 Villa Wolf displays the best facets of well-ripened Pinot Noir in rosé form. Its light watermelon and raspberry aromas are restrained and pleasant. Theres a touch of effervescence on the palate, with bold cranberry and cherry fruit and a sharp finish of mineral-rich depth. 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.

    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.

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