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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  • Dutton Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2013


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    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • Tonight we are excited about Halloween - it has already begun with kids ... ... and I mean very nice 2009 Pinot Noir from Domaine Serene in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  We were in their wine club for a few years but I quit it earlier this year due to the high shipping costs.  They are in the Dundee Hills appellation.  A most excellent Pin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Anam Cara Pinot Noir Nicholas Chehalem Mountains 2011


    Beautiful Chehalem Mtns. pinot. This just looks great in the glass, bright medium to light red with a slight bit of orange toward the edges. Not a lot of aromatics, but what is coming up is more on the dark fruit side, ripe black cherry, a hint of ripe banana and a touch of smoke. On the tongue is some red and but more black cherry, green tea, v... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Leyda Pinot Noir 2013


    Smoke and char on the nose muting the cherry fruit or at least hiding it a bit. The palate is full of ripe cherry and cooked cranberry fruit, with streaks of tar and some earth as well. It's medium bodied but the finish has a little extra punch as it lingers with some tart fruit and earth, with some zestiness as well. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Iris Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2013


    Nicely spiced aromas with cinnamon notes and a touch of tomato leaf and light herb. More pure fruit notes do show through as well with cherry and red currant playing a major role. Quite fresh and flavorful in the mouth, this is easy to drink and has bright cherry flavors, excellent spice and bright acidity. Fun and floral, this is clean, fresh a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Miner Pinot Noir Gary's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Monterey 2012


    Medium light aromas are lightly floral with rose petal aromas and ripe red cherry. Full and rich mouthfeel with candied cherry and ripe red currant notes, hints of lavender, vanilla and sweet cinnamon spice. A well balanced, delicious and refreshing wine with loads of flavor and spice.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • I also thought the price was a little on the high side for a new ... it sound more like a Pinot Noir than a Cabernet Sauvignon.  Not in my wheelhouse. Al, I think you are aware that I am also a fan of Barnett.  I would put it on OT's <$150 list but, it just doesn't have the cachet that sends the hoarders into a tizzy Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2011


    Clear, transparent cherry color. Delicate slight red berry aromas. Quite delicate on the tongue. Some hint of cherry fruit, but, make no mistake this is winenot cough syrup. So, Meiomi lovers need not apply. Maybe some bitter chocolate, some tar. Good refreshing acid. Pretty sophisticated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OK, Mrs. EMark can't believe that it's been two years already. ... at ... at the very bottom of the Pinot Noir barrel were the two Sta. Rita Hills examples that I brought.  We do these exercises to learn.  The millisecond I tasted that first one (I brought a Foley and, I think, a Taz.), and we were tasting blind, I thought, "Yuck." Continuing ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Throwdown on Fox's - 2...

  • Hi Judy, I am glad  you liked the Pinot noir. I was the winemaker who made that wine. Unfortunately the owners at the time did not believe in putting vintages on their bottles, which makes it difficult to know for sure which vineyard the grapes were from, but most likely it was the 2007 vintage wine. This wine aged very well in the bottle, and t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking to Redeem Myself

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