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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  • Talbott Kali Hart Pinot Noir Monterey 2015

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    Light cherry, soft blossom and sticky tar notes on the nose. This has a sweet spice bloom on the palate that is explosive on entry with rich fruit flavors of red currant jam and Bing cherries, good acidity coming through towards a tart finish that's earthy and oaky with a resinous almost pine finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Poseidon Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2014

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    Acquired in Kaua'i, Hawai'i, after a Golden State Warriors 2017 series clenching loss at Cleveland. Only to let our family get home to celebrate their Game 5 victory. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • The '15 Bedrock is a little wound up. A year orbtwo owuld surely help.I ... Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir (reload)2x 2015 Son of a Butcher Napa Valley RedThen it was off to WineBid to pick up some recent iwnnings but on the way Instopped at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar to visit my good friends Randy and Carrie Bowman and catch up. While... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Rully Michel Picard 1998

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £20 from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/114020.Rully is an appellation created in 1939 [although viticulture in the area goes back to at least the Romans ] for red and white wines [although two-thirds of production is white ] from the communes of Rully and Chagny in the north of the Cotes Cha... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Some Burgundy winemakers pull their noses up at Beaujolais but, like it or not, ... not, ... red is the classic Pinot Noir whilst Beaujolais’ red grape is Gamay. Many see Gamay as the poor relation but as investment pours into Beaujolais, this lesser known variety is producing some super wines. For the record there is a tiny amount of white Be... Read More

    From the article Beaujolais Wine is in Bloom


  • I am now inspired as we have a long weekend in most of Australia this weekend ... maybe Chardonnay, definitely Pinot Noir before a mandatory Shiraz and maybe depending on flow a Cab with cheese at the endSo tonight I will plan the menu over a glass of wine and shop on Saturday and cook sundayI will report the carnage sometime Mond Read More

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  • MJ - Fancy that, another Napa cab that is quite good.  If I had to choose ... spread, finished with a nice Pinot Noir.  I also like how you combine the pictures too for efficiency.  DM - How old are your daughters? &nbs Read More

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  • Le Grand Noir Pinot Noir 2015

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    Improves with a little air. Very little on the nose. Garnet in color, sour cherry in the mouth with good acidity and a mild drying sensation on the tongue. Very Simple. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Château de Meursault "Les Peuillets" Savigny lès Beaune Premier Cru 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • The number was in the $200 range. Also a lower tier for those who wish to ... ... Vineyards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 1x 2014 Stone the Crows Three Twins Cabernet SaivignonThen came home to find this on my front porc Read More

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