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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  • Domaine de Mauperthuis Irancy Pinot Noir 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.houseoftownend.com for ... ... ... Yonne.The main grape is pinot noir although up to 10% of the cesar grape is allowed in a blend.This is a rare and unusual grape introduced into Burgundy by the Romans and is a cross between pinot noir and a Spanish grape called argent.Domaine de Mauperthuis i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015

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    Black cherry and floral violet aromas. Lots of red fruit on the palate and a bot of cola and red licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cote de Nuits 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bonterra Pinot Noir Mendocino County 2016

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    Dusty notes of plum, raspberry and mixed baking spice on the nose. Nicely textured on the palate, a touch medicinal with cherry cola and zesty spice. Black cherry and red currant fruit with a bit of resinous earth coming through, some licorice and a bold spice to the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This is the end of a story that I started on another thread a few months ago.To ... 3 X Alturas, 1 X Bearwallow Pinot Noir, 1 X Oppenlander Pinot Noir and 1 X Esquisto GSM.  I'll show that nice guy Gordon.  I'll fill up a six-pack shipper and not leave any room for him to send any make-up wine.THis is what arrived, today: He sent me seven bottle Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 5k Rose NV

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    I love this Rose because of the fresh strawberry flavors and the dry clean finish. I paired this wine with Christmas ham and it was fantastic. Price is a good value. Company donates 5% to charity. Read More

    Wine review by rootstock18


  • The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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    So much light is coming through the glass on this oneits almost closer to a rose than a red. A bit of a funky nose that blows off fairly quickly. Light red fruit on entrystrawberry, plum, raspberry. Amazingly sharp tartness. Some bitterness or minerality way in the back palate. An enjoyable, if not epic, wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I recently appeared on BBC World’s Connecting Commerce, a series ... ... ... Chardonnay for white and Pinot Noir for red. I was impressed … the wines had a Burgundian style but carried a unique Canadian passport.Over the years I’ve seen winemakers around the world attempt to make ‘Burgundy’ and fall short, eventually realising that Burgundy’s ... Read More

    From the article Connecting with Canadian Wine


  • Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir Central Valley 2016

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    Wild strawberries, vanilla, blueberry, peppy ending. Well-balanced, easy to drink, nice summer wine! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


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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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