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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  • Villa Maria Marlborough Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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    For a wine lover, there is nothing like lining up a group of wines from one ... ... Bay Rose Predominantly Pinot Noir based, this Rose is a beautiful deep salmon color with the nose of strawberries and pomegranate. Lush flavors of red cherry, strawberry, and spices! Refreshing, balanced, and ready to pair with most everything at your summer ... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this ... 2013 Savoie Pinot Noir This a traditionally made Pinot Noir that benefits from sunny days, cool evenings, and long aging. Like all of Dupasquier's wines, this Pinot Noir is fermented with native yeasts and is aged in foudres for one year before being bottled and age... Read More

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  • V V - I would try that Louis Roederer brut rose.  Congratulations on ... ...  Lot's of lovely Pinot Noir out there.  If not, at least try a nice Pinot from that area in one of your restaurants.  This link and this link are our two recent trips to that area and the Oregon wine experience. Both are image heavy so I recommend a wireless rather th... Read More

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  • Angeline Pinot Noir 2015

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    Ruby red in color. Red fruited with baking spices on the nose. Cranberry and baking spices with a soft bit of drying tannin to finish. Extra half point for price point. Winner. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Andre Goichot Monthelie Premier Cru les Duresses 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Nice lineup Stephen.  I would have enjoyed that tasting experience.As for Pinot Noir, I think the Oregon and California vineyards reflect quite a different taste.  Sure, you still know they are Pinot Noir, but I sure prefer the Oregon (as in Burgundy) blending style. Read More

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  • Interesting thing about Zin, at least to me, is that people always talk about ... Zin does. Cab is always Cab, Pinot Noir is always Pinot Noir, Riesling is always Riesling, but Zin can be pretty much anything. And Syrah is a close second.I'm sure there are other grapes like that, but of the dominant ones in the US at least, those two seem the ... Read More

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  • Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir Two Creek Vineyards 2014

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    Had at Eddie Merlot's as part of flight Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Where is everybody, today?  Please don't tell me that I'm the only ... would probably convert most Pinot Noir bigots and, even, more than a few white wine drinkers.  Lots of black fruit on entry.  Then, I get acid--as much as anything, citric acid.  Surprisingly light on tannin.  I am of the opinion that this is a :"drink me now" wine as oppose... Read More

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  • Quivet Cellars Pellet Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Lots of berry on the nose. Some phenols. Big hit of blackberry and cassis on ... on ... On the other hand, Pinot Noir fans may find this wine to be an eye openin Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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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.

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