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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Popular Regions for Pinot Noir View all

  • California

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

  • 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...

  • USA

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

  • 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...

  • New Zealand

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

  • Côte de Beaune

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

Popular Wineries using Pinot Noir

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Rockledge Vineyards

    High on the eastern slopes of Napa Valley just south of the town of St. Helena is a saddle covere...

  • Tisdale Vineyards

    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • William Cole Pinot Noir Chile Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Red

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    a 2012 'special reserve'. this spent as much time in the oak as it should and no more; very nice! but I bet it improves with age. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Dierberg Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2011

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    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by eggylaw


  • Terrance - the Dancing Bull is a Gallo wine. They get more shelf space by ... ... and people are asking for Pinot Noir, which is a big star right now, or Chardonnay, and they want a little residual sugar and nothing too complicated. Supermarkets are full of indistinguishable crappy Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zin and Cab, with little else. Try to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Acrobat Rose United States Oregon 2011

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    Average Pinot Noir, slightly richer than most Pinot's.. Read More

    Wine review by Leigh Ann Laughon


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble 2011

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    Not a particularly well-balanced wine but very interesting and positive for the price. Delicate but assertive, the nose has some funk and leathery aspects that contrast with the juicy mouth feel. Not overly-fruity but juicy with some tart notes. Finishes where it started with oak and vanilla. Quite a ride! Read More

    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Carlton Cellars Roads End Pinot Noir 2010

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    This fantastic Pinot Noir is created using twelve, premium French oak barrels. With estate fruit from the Russell-Grooters Vineyard atop Savannah Ridge in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, terroir, grape & oak tannins blend smoothly in this lush red wine. Read More

    Wine review by CarltonCellars


  • 1) "At last.  A Pinot Noir (California) that does not start with a blast of cherry cough syrup."2) "Al, the '97 Kenwood JLV Cab was OK.  On the other hand my memory of the '96 version was much closer to wine ecstasy."3) "Internet Explorer is only for people who do not value their personal information and/or security. Nobody uses it any longer. W... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I was recently in Oregon, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration, which is a splendid reason to visit Oregon’s wine country, though you don’t need such motivation to be wowed by what you’ll find in McMinnville and the surrounding areas. While tons of Pinot were in fact tasted and consumed during that long weekend, today I want to ta... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Unheralded Chardonnay


  • Ceritas Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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    Very interesting translucent, slightly murky, ruby colorpretty much what I expect from PN. Intriguing, somewhat unctuous nose. Very light on the palate. Very moderate fruitmaybe, a faint strawberry, but, then, a stiff acid hit almost makes me think lemon. A refreshing red wine that might be winner winner with a grilled/roasted Cornish Game H... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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