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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  • Dmcker - I was flat on my back for Thanksgiving with a miserable cold - no wine, just a little food and no body over for the first time in years.However, to make up for it we are doing an under $30 PN tasting on the 2nd.  Don't know what others are bring, but I know what I'm drinking. :-) Read More

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  • VV - The Hahn is one of my favorites also, been buying it for a few years now, have the 14/15 & 16 in the cellar.Al - IMHO it's not ever going to be the best pinot ever wine, wasn't made that, that said it is about as good as gets for about $20.  Very satisfying and lengthy.  For it's level, everyday drinking - I think it's very, very good and w... Read More

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  • How would you rate the SLH on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best ever?  Read More

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  • Been enjoying this Hahn SLH pinot for around $20. Read More

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  • Photos always good, if handy. Read More

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  • DM - I'll be ready to do this this weekend.  Do you want pics...I may have to google for some.  Paul171 Read More

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  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.I'm not sure I understand this comment, Al.  Let me try to give my general opinion on Pinot Noirs.  Keep in mind, though, this opinion is evolving and may change, tomorrow.I really think that store shelves are awash with mediocre-to-bad Pinot Noi... Read More

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  • EM - I thought you already turned the corner on Pinot Noir, just needing to try a few Oregon Pinot's.  Am I mistaken?We enjoyed a nice dinner at Morton's Steakhouse in Georgetown (Washington DC) last night, prior to a chamber music performance (Leila Josefowicz in Recital) at The Kennedy Center.  I selected a 2001 Grand Reserva Rioja from their ... Read More

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  • Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014

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    Light bodied with a little red fruit and lots of acidity. Pretty wine but not much enjoyment. Read More

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  • Decided to spin this out from another thread to keep things clear and more easily accessible.Please post your recommendations here. Will add my own when I have a spare moment.... Read More

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