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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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Oh Rosella and your 2012.- If you asked me which Pinot to drink @ Barolo Ristorante Palm Beach.. As the sommelier and wine consultant... You drank Siduri Rosella's 2012. && I do promise; Soon you will experience Keefer Vineyard and Pisoni Vineyard 2012. Amazing. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot 2012

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    Lots of sweetish berry flavor in this oneblueberry, currant. Relatively ... ... ... (for a red), but no AFWE Pinot Noir light. Very light on tannin. Nice aftertast Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Aquinas Pinot Noir 2013

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    great peppery fresh warm even happy. Read More

    Wine review by russsf


  • Morgan Winery Pinot Noir Twelve Clones Santa Lucia Highlands 2013

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    The Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot is a light to medium claret color. It is ... ... finish quite powerful for a Pinot Noir. This Pinot is actually light but ridiculously lively in summer fruity, slightly sweet tastes. I cant even tell you how wonderful this wine pairs with the stress of putting together a huge conference. It worked wonders fo... Read More

    Wine review by 40somethinglife


  • Cedar Creek Winery Dark Secret American Pinot Noir NV

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    Cherry on the nose. Fruity with light acidity and a tannin less finish. Variety correct and enjoyable. Good effort from Indiana. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • When you think of drinking wine at the appropriate age, what picture comes to ... How does this explain how Pinot Noir, a relatively low tannin variety, ages so well? Keep reading… Acid Like Tannin, acid is a key component of aging. A low pH coming from high acid levels contributes to the microbial stability of a wine. More importantly it also... Read More

    From the article To Age or Not to Age? That is the Question.


  • Alloro Vineyard Riservata Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Oregon 2011

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    Intriguing cool fruit aromas of blueberry raspberry and black cherry with light cinnamon spice. Juicy and fruity up front and becoming more herbal in the mouth, showing nice red fruit and baking spice with excellent structure providing a good counterbalance with herbal notes and a nice tart finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2014

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    This is a beautifully balanced Pinot! Velvety and full of sweet fruits. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • In 2012 it looked like this:1. Chardonnay (93,153 acres)2. Cabernet Sauvignon ... ... Merlot (45,260 acres)5. Pinot Noir (38,049 acres)6. French Colombard (21,020 acres)7. Syrah (18,620 acres)8. Sauvignon Blanc (14,911 acres)9. Pinot Gris (12,473 acres)10. Rubired (10,903 acres)11. Petite Sirah (7,957 acres)12. Barbera (6,286 acres)13. Chenin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Cabernet v. Pinot and most...


  • Andre Goichot Corton Grand Cru les Perrieres 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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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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