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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  • Welcome Ellen, nice first post (a big rarity around here at Snooth).I've ... wines like Burgundy (French Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the region of Burgundy) which is a favorite of mine, partially due to their versatility in the spectrum of dry wines, they tend to have a little sweetness to them, so they can be very palatable on their own, and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Well, our small dinner party turned into around a dozen people, mostly friends ... our friend Jim did opt for a Pinot Noir from our wine cellar, especially after I had one open from J. K. Carriere in Willamette Valley.  He selected a Domaine Serene, another one from Willamette Valley.  Both had a unique signature, and yes they were excellent. ... Read More

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  • Greg, you were right when you said it's tough to keep a forum going. Though this does seem to be an especially slow week all over the place...on the road, in business, etc. good to see people take some time out.  Read More

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  • Long time lurker on both Snooth and Wine Berserkers. Why I decided to post now, I am not sure. Lover of California red wines particularly Zins and Cabs. Just getting into Pinots. Hate spending more than $50/ bottle. My comfort level is between $30-$40. Small wine cellar ( about 100 bottles) because we tend to drink what we buy.I do not feel that... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2014

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    Raspberry and strawberry aromas with a touch of mushroom earthiness and cinnamon spice. Boldly fruity on the palate, this comes with bright cherry and raspberry flavors, is quite spicy with good acidity and a finish of dark earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015

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    Clean, light nose of floral cherry fruit and light red currant aromas. Approachable and pleasing on the palate, this is tart, fresh and juicy, showing good cherry and mixed berry fruit with even a touch of watermelon tucked in alongside a light smoke and herbal spice towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to ... ... ... of 78% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir, and 4% Pinot Blanc – all organically farmed, this sparkling wine offers brioche, floral notes, and inviting spicy aromas joined by lively and mature tree fruit flavors in the mouth. It has a clean, refreshing finish with a ... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


  • Franz Haas Pinot Nero 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Schoppert


  • Ara Single Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand Wine 2012

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This is Randy constantly trying to get our ... ... from Macmurray's California Pinot Noir, her go to fav. I did not succeed, but this was very good. Maybe, no not maybe, not even close to some of the best NZ has to offer, but certainly gulpabl Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose Cuvee Thomas Jefferson 2013

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. Yippee. Beautiful in the glass, tiny bubbles, a hint of a nutty taste in the mouth with a dry finish. Best of the show in a small two bottle tasting. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


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