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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  • King Estate Pinot Noir Signature 2010

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    Somewhat translucent muddied garnet color in the glass. Opens with smoked strawberry, herbs and bing cherry, blueberry, lavender, and moss and mint. Silky mouthfull, with a long finish. Soft and balanced tannins and acidity. As it opens more in the glass, hints of milk chocolate, mint and more earth and sage. Seems like it still needs a few year... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Pinot Noir California Coastal 2011

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    A decent table wine. A little sharp, which you'd expect from this price wine, but the flavor is very bright and soft. I was given this at a museum function. I would like to serve it with a sharp cheddar or bold bleu some evening hanging out with friends. Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler


  • Tomich Hill Estate Pinot Noir South Australia Australia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Courtney Benham Pinot Noir Central Coast 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by hransom


  • Picket Fence Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by hransom


  • Domaine Besancenot Beaune Premier Cru Bressandes 1997

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    A real show-stopper wine!The first flash on the palate is strong and fruity, a burst like fire in the grate. It evolves into a warm, constant amber glow, a happier milder smoldering. Intense but restrained. You can taste the earthiness of the wine, here, like the embers of a fire it's the base at the heart of the wine, but the wine still bui... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Besancenot Beaune Premier Cru Greves 2010

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    The power and age of this wine dwarfs you like walking through a redwood forest. You can feel the history around you, until its not just the scent or taste of the forest, its as if youve become part of the forest yourself. The smell and taste encompasses you.On the nose, its woody and subtle, like fruit descending into forest greens. On the pal... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Champagne Jacquinot & Fils Champagne Harmonie 2000

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    A little zippy and zesty on the nose. Citrus.Creamy on the palate, fruity but not ostentatious. It reminds me of childhood days with my sister, climbing into fruit trees. The even, fine taste of the wine is appley, a little loquat, with a leafiness in the background. Like the moment you climb into the tree, surrounded by the smell of apples and ... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Xavier Durand Corton Grand Cru Rognet 2010

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    A rich mahogany smell, like picking up an antique violin. Hints of fruit on the nose.Complex and beautiful on the palate. The bit of fruit we encountered on the nose steps forwards and takes center stage, like a ballerina showing off her skill. Its dance is subtle and enchanting, changing as it dances across the tongue first dark fruit, then... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Henri Maire Rouge Vermeil Arbois Domaine de la Croix d'Argis 1996

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... grapes of the Jura Aoc's 50% pinot noir, 40% ploussard,and 10% trousseau. I started my bottle last night with my supper of fried pork and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of a blackberry,raspberry and cherry style fruit there and the tannins are soft but fairly structured. There is a peppery or ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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