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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  • Eguren Seleccion Tierra Tempranilo Spain la Mancha

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    Earthy easily drinkable table wine with tangy berry flavor. Similar to a Pinot Noir. Medium body. Read More

    Wine review by jarmstrongii


  • Elk Cove Pinot Noir Willamette Estate 2010

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    Spicy, smooth and fruit forward leaves this small production Pinot Noir worth the wait. Buy fast or you'l lose out. Really great Oregon gem! Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • Ferrari Carano Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir Mendocino Ridge 2014

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    Nicely floral notes of violets and ripe cherry with notes of sweet spice on the nose. This has some good acidity coming through and is a touch medicinal with notes of licorice, ripe cherry, blueberry and a creamy finish. Herbal and oaky with soft through through the mid palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tonight we dined in the district again, this time at Grillfish prior to a ... ... ... with a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir from Erath Vineyards.  Sandra suggested that we switch our dessert drinks as the Patron was a better pairing to the cheesecake and I agreed.  That Pinot was good though, as was the Sancerre. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Jarvis Tomei Family Helping Hand Pinot Noir North Coast 2012

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    A Naked Wines selection. Pale Brown Ruby in the Glass. Opens with a dusty book/must and shortcake; then on to a bit of Blackberry, Spice, & Vanilla; finishes with Herbs, Green Pepper, and not quite ripe Plum; Somewhat surprisingly, none of these carry over to the taste. Somewhat thin mouthful and a bit of an alcohol burn, but then it opens up, s... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • La Crema Virtuoso Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2014

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    Beautiful aromas of dark black cherry and ripe plum, this is perfectly round and spiced and full. A delicately herbal note of eucalyptus comes through amidst elegant fruit notes of cherry and mixed berry, a pop of luscious fruit that turns slightly tart towards the finish imparting a hint of licorice, cranberry and cinnamon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to ... specialize in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, he practiced his early winemaking with old vine Zinfandel. As the four subsequent decades have shown, these turned out to be some of his best wines. It was those first Swan wines that made me fall in love with Zinfandel an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Once & Future Wines - The...


  • There aren't many places that grow Pinot Noir in Washington. I have now found two wineries in Lake Chelan that grow Pinot Noir on their estate vineyards and make a good PN.Tonight I am enjoying this new find from Benson Vineyards - Black Tea, medium red fruit, subtle white pepper with light floral notes all backed up by decent acidity. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine du Val Grevin 'Les Dannots ' Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Epineuil 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk]. In 1993 the commune of Epineuil in northern Burgundy located just north of Tonnerre about 20 miles east of Auxerre was given the official right to add its name to that of Bourgogne on wine labels although this had actually been going on since the 1930's.My bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Chamirey Clos du Roi Mercurey Premier Cru 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


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