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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Volnay Premier Cru Clos de la Chapelle 2007

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is very light in color, almost appearing like a rose. The nose is a lovely combination of bright red berries, floral notes and a heaping helping of earthy goodness. The taste is interesting, as you have a good bit of ripe red fruit, raspberry, cherry, mulberry, that has a nice balance of acidity, before you transition to some wonderfu... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

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    Floral cherry and mixed berry aromas. Easy drinking with simple cherry notes on the palate, a hint of medicine and tart cranberry and a violet petal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013

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    Light medium in weight, garnet in color, sour cherries upon sipping with lots of acidity and a medium length slightly bitter finish. 12% abu. A simple wine with lots of pinot character for $15. Winner!! Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Gauthier Select Vineyards Pinot Noir Rockin H Ranch Vyd 2012

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    Like many of the 2012 Pinot Noirs Ive had, this one is rather tannic in structure, and its an open question as to whether the fruit will last long enough for the tannins to resolve themselves. In terms of nose and mouthfeel, this wine is more reminiscent of a Zinfandel than a Pinot Noir in fact, in many ways it recalls the Los Chamizal Zinfande... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Very Pinot Noir, very New World, this wine evokes strawberry-cherry confit on the nose and a slightly leathery strawberry entry. There is a slight spice on the nostrils as the wine finishes. Less Burgundian now with the tossing of torch to a younger generation of wine-maker, but still a fine product... just different. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I had a lovely wine which is easily the equal of a good Burgundy, a Cotes du ... a blend of one third each of pinot noir,trousseau and poulsard,the last two being grapes native to the Jura regi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura Rouge 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12.50 from a shop in London [ ... a third ... a third each of three grapes;pinot noir.ploussard and trousseau,the latter two being grapes native to this part of France and the wine spent four years in old oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my supper of bacon,mushrooms and pasta There is plenty of ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Max, you are new here, and are probably not fully aware of the circumstances ... ... enjoy wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.  Jon Derry, on the other hand, is equally well-known for being passionate about red Burgundy, which is, of course, made from Pinot Noir grapes.Jon and I live relatiively close to each other and have met a few times.  We... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Shall we have a post today?


  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

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    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RC - Good to hear that you made it through the process.  Looking forward ... ...  I know you love Pinot Noir, but that's a lot.  I've never ordered more than a case of any particular bottle.  Maybe I'll change but I still like the variety of different blends, different years, different wineries, etc.And now for your moment of zen.. 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...

    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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