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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  • The wineries on the Islands (basically anything much outside the Okanagan) ... ... ... only do white grapes and Pinot Noir.  Now, there are some decent Pinots being made and JD might even say so, but you're right, the impressive stuff is further inland.&nbs Read More

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  • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013


    Restrained red fruit flavors. Light bodied. Easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Last entry for this week's activities:L to R - The 2014 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and the 2014 Tikal Patriota Malbec/Bonarda.AL - This is the brother to the Tikal Malbec/Syrah you had at your party. Read More

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  • Al did you say "white"?  ;)JD had Meyer Pinot Noir (I gave VV a bottle, but different vineyard one...he should ask JD about it)I had Painted Rock "Skaha Blend" which is a Syrah/Cab sav blend.  I think they just made it back to the ship! Hopefully JD will post some photos.  Unfortunately we didn't get one of all of us. Read More

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  • The Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir 2015


    A bit tarry, a bit floral, some cherry and simple raspberry aromas. On the palate this brings a somewhat candied red fruit palate of cherries and raspberry Jolly rancher and a touch of tarry earthiness towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • J Vineyards Pinot Noir California 2015


    Smoky, earthy and tarry with tart cherry fruit. This is puckered and tight with black cherry, earthy tar and smoke on the palate and a raisin and fig finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Lavender Row Pays D' Oc France Pinot Noir 2015


    very good for a young wine. probably sweeter than i would prefer for this cuvee which would have fared better in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • What comes to mind when I say Cava? Perhaps your initial thoughts are ... as a ... ... as a blending grape, and Pinot Noir, along with Garnacha, Trepat, are often used to craft Rosé Cava.Although Cava has set itself apart from Champagne, it has maintained its use of Methode Traditional to insure it is crafted using the highest quality process.... Read More

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  • Had something interesting happen today.  A gentleman named Glen from New ... was especially interested pinot noir)  and then we got into wines in general.Told him that he and a guest were welcome to come over Sat. night for an informal get together, bonfires, wines, snacks.  Gave my address and he left.About 3 hours later he shows up at my doo... Read More

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  • Al - Sadly they do not have any more, but you're right - normally if I find ... who thinks that way about Pinot Noir. &nbs Read More

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