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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  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the ... ... actually gave props to a Pinot Noir! It was the less esteemed, '99 Drouhin Morey Clos Sorbe. This is one everyone agreed was opened at the right time. It was open, expressive, with good fruit and tannin. Complete package, and more masculine than the CdlR, wh... Read More

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  • Domaine Drouhin Edition Rose of Pinot Noir 2013

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    Really nice Rose of Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin. Crisp bright red cherry, a touch of melon, some not too ripe strawberry, a good hit of acidity and a medium finish. Last of all of our 2013 rose, good way to end the vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Wilde Farm Donnelly Creek Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark color in the glass blocking much light. Quite pleasant nosecherry ... one sigma of all California Pinot Noir Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Twelfth Night Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Velawines


  • Sorry, Al 1.  I can't help you.  I might suggest, though, that ... there, it is a California Pinot Noir, afterall), but it is a fruit flavor that is somewhere between red cherry and strawberry--with about the same detectable sweetness of a not-quite-ripe example of either.  Definitely more full-bodied than the Ceritas, which means it is medium... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Yes, two plates of a dozen each, with 3 selections on each plate.  That ... ... mutation of Pinot noir. Pinot noir is genetically unstable and will occasionally experience a point mutation in which a vine bears all black fruit except for one cane which produced white fruit.&quo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Hawks View Cellars Pinot Noir 2011

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    Another one from Mercat Bistro. Medium body Pinot. Black Cherry, Blackberry preserves, a bit of licorice with light oak. Nice medium mouthful with well balanced soft tannins and acidity. Long finish with more smokey fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • That trans-Atlantic flight you've been dreading will be much easier to deal ... ... includes a California pinot noir and a California sauvignon blanc. The carrier's beer offerings, according to its website, includes Budweiser, Miller Lite, Goose IPA and Heineken. Photo Credit: Aero Icarus, Flickr Creative Commo Read More

    From the article Wheels Up, Bottoms Up: United Says Long-Haul Flights Will Feature Free Wine, Beer


  • Ever wonder how wines made from the same grapes can end up with significantly ... at least for wines made from pinot noir grapes – lies in the chemicals and processing of the wine and that's why, the team said, wine labels should provide an explanation about the processing methods and chemicals used in your next ruby quaffer. “Production metho... Read More

    From the article Helsinki Researchers Say Days of Low-Info Labels Should Be Finnished


  • Adelaida Pinot Noir Doctor's Vineyard 2011

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    This is a fairly big Adelaida pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands. The nose is fairly subdued but there are hints of dark berries, tar and a touch of smoke. On the palate is a burst of red and black cherry, ripe black plum, crisp acidity and mild, fine grained tannins. The finish has a touch of smoke on the back end and is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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