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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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

Popular Wineries using Pinot Noir

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Glass Mountain

    It has been more than hundred years since California wine pioneer Jean Laurent quarried stone fro...

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to ... 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactly as I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2014 Santa Lucia California...


  • Copain les Voisins Pinot Noir 2011

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2012

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    Smooth, with a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • One of Syrah’s problem with consumers has always been the savory nature ... much of the region ideal for Pinot Noir, but also affords hillside vineyard a direct view of the sun throughout the day.  While the sun does bless Ballard Canyon with a more moderate and warmer climate than much of the region, the canyon allows for excellent heat drain... Read More

    From the article Discover Syrah in Ballard Canyon


  • Yes, their wines surprised me. The chardonnay too. I expected nice wines ... ... writing a long article about Pinot Noir within VIC. I know a lot gets said about the Tassie PNS, so much so that the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula have been forgotten. TAS PNs while good, I kinda scratch my head as to why they command a premium over the ot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • You seem to like the pinot noir from this winery quite well. Would be interesting to hear more about their history with that varietal, as well as PN's experience as a whole in Oz! Don't hear so much about it, across such a large continent, except maybe down in Tasmania. NZ steals the show, as far as the world's knowledge of antipodean PN... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A ... Drink now. 88-89.Rochford Pinot Noir 2013, Yarra Valley$36 at cellar door. This spent 12 months in oak. Clear, medium+ ruby colour. Youthful aromas of rose scented talc, red cherry and slices of dried mandarin peel. A medium-bodied wine with high acidity and youn... Read More

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  • An Australian leaf from LVMH’s portfolio, the little brother of Moet ... ... A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the reserve wines are stored in a combination of large oak barrels, barriques and stainless steel. Produced byméthode traditionelle, the secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle then transferred into a larger tank for additiona... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Domaine Chandon, Yarra...


  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... ... of the fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers from the Yarra Valley, located in a sheltered pocket of the valley floor. One of the dwindling number of original family-owned wineries in VIC.US distributor is The Wine Angel. *I have no financial interests in the ... Read More

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  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2010

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    Bright, fruity, cherry nose with an overall light and sweet taste with some acid. Great as a drinking wine or served with a spicier dish - worked great with a tikka masala. Acidic enough to handle some spice and evens out flavors. Would drink again! Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


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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...

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  • 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.

    Comment by 6331solomania9 6331 solomania9


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