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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Erica Landin

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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  • Underwood Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by kappakutie


  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... to bringing out what the pinot noir and chardonnay in those domaines there have to say. Then let's throw in some of that magical 'terroir', too.Dosing with syrah vin de medicine hasn't been happening much in Burgundy since shortly after World War I, so we're talking n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir 2012

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    Wine review by ArchieBorealis


  • I don't remember tasting a Pinot Noir from Virginia.  Was it worth the money you paid V V?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian Cauble. Color me interested... Leah Jorgensen Cellars, Tour Rain, Red Blend Oregon 2014 Just when the same old stand-by classics prompt us to yawn in boredom, an interesting wine of such purity, personality and historic roots comes along to throttle our se... Read More

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  • OK, this is the Beaujolais that I bought at Costco (for about $15) that Jon ... ... are bad about California Pinot Noir are bad about this wine.  Nose of strawberry.  Heavy hit of cherry syrup on the tip of the tongue.  As the wine passes through the mid- rear palate a lot of stony earthiness and very irritating bitterness.But wait, there's mo... Read More

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  • Lock the Barolos away and misplace the key for several years, JD!And too bad ... just to have a little good pinot noir.Not sure in the historical perspective that I'm the biggest fan of the French marketeers who pretty much invented, or at least perfected on a larger order of scale, 'branding'. And did it in such a way that they could keep pul... Read More

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  • I wouldn't try to recommend wines at all given the scant information we ... ... even know if you like Pinot Noir.  Instead, find a place that sells lots of $15-30 bottles and go to one of their tastings (or a few).  Or sign up for a tasting experience through a community college, local recreation organization, school fundraiser (I do these), ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic what to drink


  • Archery Summit Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate 2012

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    Great fruit, easy to drink with nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Archery Summit Pinot Noir Arcus 2013

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    Complex with soft tannins and dark berry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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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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