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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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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  • Max, you are new here, and are probably not fully aware of the circumstances ... ... enjoy wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.  Jon Derry, on the other hand, is equally well-known for being passionate about red Burgundy, which is, of course, made from Pinot Noir grapes.Jon and I live relatiively close to each other and have met a few times.  We... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Shall we have a post today?


  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RC - Good to hear that you made it through the process.  Looking forward ... ...  I know you love Pinot Noir, but that's a lot.  I've never ordered more than a case of any particular bottle.  Maybe I'll change but I still like the variety of different blends, different years, different wineries, etc.And now for your moment of zen.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... wines. Yes, I did enjoy the Pinot Noir-based Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR Cucina. My first time there, and seemed to be a perfect fit, casual and somewhat lively atmosphere, and good italian food ranging from salads, (not so heavy) pizza's, pasta's, and risotto. My wife and I tasted from all categories except the pasta, and all were very good.We... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Pleasant watermelon and cherry aromas are quite juicy and inviting. This has a fresh tingling acidity and a zesty spice on the palate, playful and clean with excellent fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry leading up to a bit of an earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thanks RC.  We're still recovering from all that wine.  The food ... from Delaware really love Pinot Noir from California.  We did like them but I would not buy that much of any varietal. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting - 2017 'GEMS on...


  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose Pfalz 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Light watermelon and raspberry aromas are restrained and pleasant. This has a touch of effervescence on the palate, bold cranberry and cherry fruit and a sharp finish of minerality and depth. Refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sandra and I were invited to attend a special wine tasting event in Washington ... ... with an emphasis on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.  It wasn't cheap mind you as you could select as much as you wished to consume.  There were horderves and water available too, in case you drank too much.  We elected to have a small bite to e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Tasting - 2017 'GEMS on...


  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Coteaux Bourguignons les Deux Loups Red 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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