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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  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2013

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    Ripe cherry and cinnamon warmly reach out of the glass in this fruit forward and floral Pinot. Floral and smooth on the palate, with touches of cinnamon and clove, light red currant and cherry flavors, hints of herbs and a touch of licorice. The long finish is herbal and lightly oaked for a pleasant memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • With a bevy of new American Viticultural Areas being approved in the past year, ... ... known as the oldest pinot Noir vineyard in North American.” Geologists would be pleased to know about the Ballard Canyon AVA, which lies “in front of the most significant transverse mountain range that runs from Alaska to Patagonia.” The significance of thi... Read More

    From the article Forbes Talks American AVA's: Five Interesting Factors


  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Noir. Lake Iseo provides reflected sunlight and moderates the temperature. DOC for Franciacorta was granted in 1967 and modified in 1984. DOCG status was earned in 1995. This bountiful zone in Lombardia, between Bergamo and Bre... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fox, I've been meaning to try some "Yugoslavian" wine myself, I ... ... love to try some of that Pinot Noir they ha Read More

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  • Imbibe, aye! Earlier this month, award-winning wine blog The Gray Report ... Cab Franc, two Merlots and a Pinot Noir – and three whites: a pair of Pinot Gris offerings and a Chardonnay. Lake Breeze Vineyards’ Okanagan Valley Pinot Gris 2014 was Gray’s choice for the top white wine of the competition. “Delicate and floral on the palate,” Gray n... Read More

    From the article Great White North: Gray Report Names Top 10 Northern Canadian Quaffers


  • Oregon’s wine families scoured the state fifty years ago looking for the perfect Pinot Noir site. They found it in the Willamette Valley, The Oregonian reporter Molly Harbarger said in an atricle this week. Fifty years later, the Pinot market is booming. “The founding families of Oregon Pinot Noir scoured the Pacific Northwest to find the perfec... Read More

    From the article Golden Anniversary: Pinot Noir Celebrates 50th Year in Oregon


  • The craft-made bandwagon in South Africa has plenty of room. The ... of a recent craft Pinot Noir he tasted.  “True, the label paper had been imported from Italy. The labels had been produced on an old letterpress printer, after which the paper had been hand-cut and applied by hand,” Fridjhon wrote. “My problem was that I had come to taste wine... Read More

    From the article South African Craft Wine Movement More Talk Than Taste?


  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... very ... wines: Trollinger, Pinot Noir, DornfelderSparkling wine: RieslingI can only speak from my experience and would like to share with you this well-hidden winery. Which manufactures such good wines. Since my first wine tasting there I'm a supporter of Götz... Read More

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  • Okay, I am pretty sure no one has this one. The family of grapes isn't ... ... thing is, they also had a Pinot Noir there that absolutely blew their minds.&nbs Read More

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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.

    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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