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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

Popular Wineries using Pinot Noir

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Château Timberlay

    Château Timberlay (appellation Bordeaux Supérieur) is located in Saint-Andre-de-Cubzac. It symbol...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Nice to meet you BG criminal, but tonight you paid $25 for the Cork and $95 for ... ... do not decant California Pinot Noir, you know better, and we still love you as a Wine Customer.&nbs Read More

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  • Created for those who work Front-Line.If you WORK with Wine and your Focus is Wine.... POST your experience on the Front-Line.I work as a waiter in Florida with a Wine Focus. Nice to meet you.  Read More

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  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley Clark and Telephone 2011


    Classic Burgundy BGCT 2011 it is not.-- Full fruit forward and little back. Big Dark Full front ?? (confusing) pinot. Not sure what happened. As a table wine maybe +85, as a burgundy >60.. My opinion. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros 2007


    I joined the chateau society excited to get my bubbly each month, but then they sent THIS amazing Pinot. Amazing! Read More

    Wine review by ilyanshe

  • King Estate Pinot Noir Oregon 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by kissingcrimson

  • Surh Luchtel Pinot Noir Sonoma 2011


    Had this at Mercat Bistro in Dallas, already had a few glasses of wine when I had this with one of the meal courses...which I do not remember, other than the course, the wine, and the pairing were all good. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Cali's Cuvee 2011


    A fine Oregon Pinot Noir. Smooth, good tannins, not too intense but fruity. Flavors of blackberry come through, good acidity. Great with grilled poultry and fish. Read More

    Wine review by Dr TLS

  • Whoa, talk about drifting, this original post was about Pinot.With that said, GregT, if you're craving something to remind you of back east, seek out a little Italian restaurant in La Jolla called La Taverna.  It's the kind of place that when you open the door the garlic smacks you in the face.  Nothing pretentious, just a nice family neighborho... Read More

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  • Yellow Tail Pinot Noir 2012


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    Wine review by korr123

  • GregT, I certainly understand the cultural stresses that you are having to deal with.  The flip side if it is that, as a visitor, I have not particularly enjoyed NYC.  I know, though, that it has been unfamiliarity that has thwarted me.  I'm really not a very good tourist.  A couple of your comments did intrigue me.  For one I was very surprised... Read More

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