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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  • Lots of sweets. Too bad.Was at a tasting of Australian wines a week ago and ... wines there. Even a great Pinot Noir.Who knew?Lots of good stuff being made and interesting grapes and technique Read More

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  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... 2006 Block 5 Pinot Noir Macedon Ranges  |  6 in stock  |  $59.99 Bindi 2011 Chardonnay Quartz Macedon Ranges  |  2 in stock  |  $39.99 Buller, R.L. NV Rutherglen Sparkling Shiraz   |  1 in stock  |  $9.99 Buller, RL NV Rutherglen Calliope Rare Muscat 375ml  |  7 in stock  |... Read More

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  • J Vineyards Brut Rose Russian River Valley NV

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    Warm cherry and strawberry aromas, smooth and balanced with floral notes. Zesty and tart citrus notes on the palate with tangerine, lemon and grapefruit notes with fresh strawberries and cream, very warm with baking spices and bold acidity with a bit of earthiness coming through towards the finish, framed with cherry and a faint tannin layering ... Read More

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  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Mcminnville 2014

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    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

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  • Dancin Ecarte Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Dark, plummy notes of black cherry and cinnamon spice. Lightly floral, delicate aromas and a mineral note with a touch of heat. Raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, sweetly spiced and floral with a fresh palate towards the finish with touches of licorice and cherry cola. Read More

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  • Walnut City Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2016

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    Aromatic cherry raspberry and strawberry aromas, lightly floral with notes of tart earth. Mixed berry and wildflower on the palate, juicy and spicy with a touch of smoked herb on the finish. Read More

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  • Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2016

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    Raspberry, blueberry and cherry aromas are open and expressive here with notes of spice adding to the nose. Generous, juicy and refreshing on the palate with notes of cherry, spiced cola and mixed wild berry jam, medium plus acidity and hints of cocoa and a pleasant zestiness towards the finish - turning a touch cool and herbal right at the fini... Read More

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  • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2015

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    Floral and inviting sweet spice aromas with notes of clove, cinnamon and cherry. Dry and red fruited on the palate, lightly herbed notes of eucalyptus and licorice root with bright cherry, red currant preserves and a tart, tannic mouthfeel that turns inward, becoming earthy and brooding on a lightly smoked finish.90 pts Read More

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  • A To Z Wineworks the Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Black pepper spice and cherry notes with licorice and vanilla on the nose. A bit earthy, a bit tarry on the palate with a deep dark chocolate and black cherry palate, bold spice and thick tannins, concentrated and plummy towards the finish with more earthy, resinous character right to the tip. Read More

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