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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  • Here are 3 that we've found are very good values and just plain good wines:From top down it goes like this;The Siduri was very good, dark cherry, spice, earthy tones, good tannins lends to structure and juicy acidity lends to fruity, mouthwatering finish.The Hahn SLH was my last bottle of the 2014 vintage.  I think the '14 is better than the '15... Read More

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  • Rain Dance Nicholas Vineyard Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2015

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    Surprisingly dark and rich notes of savory earth, black cherry and oak. On the palate this is powerful and bold with black currant and black cherry fruit, concentrated and thick with licorice and a touch of herb, chewy tannins and a bold and oak spiced finish. Decidedly rich and decadent with good depth and heft. A winter red wine drinkers Pinot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I've been drinking some pinot the last eighteen months trying to get a good handle on it. I like the acid with food but haven't found anything that I love. I acknowledge that my budget is limiting. The search goes on. Read More

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  • Thanks for that Mark. Easy to drink wines that have little complexity seems to be the pattern on the $30 and under wines. The closest to being complex from my tastings has been the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara. It reportedly has a splash of Mondeuse in it that hit the spot. It had a tannic bite on the finish that added interest.http://veritywines... Read More

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  • Hendricks Gin 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by BOYUAN


  • Randy, I have found that the River Road wines, which, by the way, I think I've only seen in Total Wine stores, are reasonably priced, easy-to-drink wines.  They are not ethereal, life-changing experiences, but, gimme a break, look at the price!It turns out that I have had a bottle of that very Stephanie's PN that you mention.  For whatever reaso... Read More

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  • Have good memories of Edna Valley wines, especially within their own price range. Read More

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  • Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2015

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    This wine and I were both #81 in 2017. The wine, #81 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017, and myself, #81 of 264 in the Spartan Race Sacramento 2017. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

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    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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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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