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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  • I was a bit tired, having to get up at 0645 for a motorcycle ride.  This ... Valley?  We loved their Pinot Noir back when we visited the winery in 2013.  I know the Limerick Lane is a good one.  Looks like the other bottles are nice ones to Read More

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  • Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St.-Georges Premier Cru les Porets St Georges 2011

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    rich, oaky, plummy :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Krug 'Grande Cuvee' Brut NV

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    open for New Year 2017, still rich and buttery like how i love my wines :) Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • So what wine or other special beverage are you having tonight to celebrate the coming year?  We have a nice 2010 Barnett wine open right now, serving this with a grilled steak shortly.  Later tonight I'll open up a sparkling wine to ring in the New Year. Read More

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  • That Meiomi Pinot Noir is something to be avoided at all cost; an assessment I made after trying my first glass about five months ago.  I just don't like it - tastes like a manufactured wine, made by pouring different chemicals to get a near Pinot Noir taste.  Just awful.So, I have some catching up to do.  These past two Fridays have been very n... Read More

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  • Resonance Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton District Domaine Jadot 2013

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    We really enjoyed this wine on my 51st birthday. Light flavorful and east drinking. Read More

    Wine review by socalgary


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    As GDP stated this is not my style of pinot, especially young and this needs 2-3 more years of aging. Plenty of fruit with earthy and chocolate nuances coming out first with a spice note following. 88 pts - Paul, hold. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I'm looking for two wine suggestions for a dinner soon. First off, I'm looking to pair a bottle of red wine with a first course mi-cuit foie gras and second course pheasant, dauphine potato, chicory and parsnip. Hoping you guys have a good suggestion from my options. If none of the options are especially well-suited, what would you recommend? My... Read More

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  • La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Had at Matt's Wine Bar Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Alamos Extra Brut NV

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    I bought 5 bottles of this for £18 from the website ... made of a 50/50 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay from the Alamos winery in Mendoza Argentina.My family opened a bottle on Christmas morning and we did enjoy it. It was very sparkling with lots of small bubbles and there was a kind of melon style fruit there but it was absolutely bone-dry... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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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