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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  • Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru les Cazetiers 2011

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  • For the price, the MacMurray is pretty good and varietally correct.  Castle Rock has made a business of buying other people's PN juice and packaging it at very low prices, but it's too hit and miss to be worth buying.  Calera's Central Coast bottle is pretty reasonable, although Josh Jensen told me he is not happy that it's nearly all Dijon clon... Read More

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  • Try the Hahn SLH 2014 - excellent for $20 and at a about $25 the Melleville 2013 is very good also. Read More

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  • Try Estancia. Read More

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  • Yeah! It is oyster season in my town. Pick a peck in about 30 min. Best oysters in the world. No bias, no kidding. Wine = anything that is white, dry, French, and Loire or Champagne with an exceptional Chardonnay or Chablis admitted, meeting of course the French criteria. Notice the "spikes".  You will never see those on a restaurant oyster. The... Read More

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  • I see no reason why pinot noir should be any more costly to cultivate or vinify than any other grape Hmm, I listed at least three. Read More

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  • Like everything else in life it is right place at right time. I ran into some fabulous 2005 PN in Burgundy this fall at a decent price. I don't recall running into a CA let alone OR or WA PN that could compete with the French except in price.  If I lived in the beautiful CA wine country, I would be drinking zin and cab.  Read More

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  • I see no reason why pinot noir should be any more costly to cultivate or vinify than any other grape but you are right to point out that the wines tend to be more expensive. It is also true that in a list of the world's most expensive wines,a large proportion will be Burgundys and red Burgundys are made of pinot noir. Read More

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  • Depends on our definition of reasonable. QPR?Pinot fruit is more expensive to ... that said, Pinot Noir is one of the most misrepresented varieties on the market. It's a fickle grape that takes care to produce a good varietally correct wine. Too much gloppy, over-ripe, flabby PN on the market. Most grocery stores carry MacMurray Ranch which is ... Read More

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  • After a day of research I believe I have found some to try in the future that ... understand the reasons why Pinot Noir is expensive as pointed out by OUTTHERE and thanks for the post.I am not a cheapskate but honestly it may be your station in life, some can afford $400 italian shoes and others look for more of a bargain, so reasonable is a r... Read More

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