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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  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Thick, syrupy for a pinot. Too sweet. Spread it on toast or serve with peanut butter in a sandwich. Owned by Gallo. Read More

    Wine review by Under the Influence


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

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    Grapes sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Delicate spice and cherry compote aromas with light confectioners sugar and violet notes on the nose. Aromas continue to the palate where they are met by a soft oak spice, a touch of licorice and herb, blueberry fruit and a finish of ripe black cherry Dr Pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Grapes sourced from Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Delicate spice and cherry compote aromas with light confectioners sugar and violet notes on the nose. Aromas continue to the palate where they are met by a soft oak spice, a touch of licorice and herb, blueberry fruit and a finish of ripe black cherry Dr Pepper. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Riesling could be eclipsing Chardonnay as a go-to white wine grape for wine ... ... more to Oregon than Pinot Noir. In fact there was a time when Oregon produced more Riesling than Pinot Noir, but consumer demand for the latter prevailed. Fortunately there has been a renewed interest in Riesling among the mostly family-owned wineries in Orego... Read More

    From the article Why Riesling is a Zeitgeist Wine


  • Dalrymple Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

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    rich fruitness, with mainly cherries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot 2013

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    honey, grass, and sweet spices, red currants; long fruity finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • $50-60+range: Chappellet Signature and Smith-Madrone out of Napa.Also 2nd the ... the ... look to Oregon for Pinot Noir and maybe some Chard. I'm a fan of Cameron, Amalie Robert (Estate or Amalie's Cuvée). There are French producers there as well like Drouhin, Jadot (via the Resonance label), and Evening Land has French connections, look for ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $89.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  2 in sto... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is ... ... Cabernet Based Wines3 Best Pinot Noirs3 Best Chardonnays3 Best othersIf you can let me know USD price you would expect to pay locally as a guide and if the wine has some worthwhile older vintages throw in for good measureKeep price to under USD100 unless you rea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • I recently had the chance to speak with Craig McAllister, La Crema ... ... California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More recently La Crema has helped bring Monterey front and center. Craig calls the area a “sleeping giant” with overwhelming potential. Plans to build out La Crema’s Monterey portfolio are in the works. The label's first Monterey ro... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: La Crema's Craig McAllister


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