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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  • What varietals do you think would match my fruit-driven palette well, such as ... Barbera to start, and even Pinot Noir. Also maybe St Laurent, Lagrein, and Graciano. However, all of those come in various iterations, so it's not really useful to talk about varieties alone - you have to include info about the producer, the vintage, and the part... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • If anyone has some 2005 primitivo-based wine from the Lazio or Campania region ... texture and was now almost pinot noir-like = a bit thinned out and less porty. My friends scoffed but then were surprised to find themselves in agreement.  It had thinned in that short time in the glass.  Fresh pours remained much more port-like, so I guess it w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2005 Moio 57 Tasting


  • I've been trying wines from different Beaujolais regions and have yet to find one that I love. Here are the ones I've tried with disappointing results:Clos de la Roilette Fleurie '13Fessy Regnie Chateau des Reyssiers '11Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages '11Beaujolais NouveauWith all these wines, the problem is that the wines don't have the vibrant red... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir Escultura Estate Casablanca Valley Chile 2010

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    Didn't like 2011, too acidic for my liking, nice aromas but not so nice taste Read More

    Wine review by AngelaPotts74


  • We'll be bringing a bottle of white (2012 Domaine Serene Chardonnay - ... ... of red 2009 (Domaine Serene Pinot Noir - Yamhill Cuvee) from our cellar over to Sandra's folks house for a big Thanksgiving feast this afternoon.  These wines are from the Willamette Valley in Oregon of course.  Usually Sandra cooks the turkey at our house, but this ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • Come mow Darren, every night is a wine night at this house.We (Americans) are ... are ... Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. It was a wine that Wells bottled only in Magnums and was only available at the NY Museum of Modern Art at The Modern Restaurant.  A blend of choice barrels from Wentzel, Monument Tree, Hein and Kiser vineyards. Looking forward... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • In America tomorrow is the big day: Thanksgiving. Of course most of us will ... ... a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir. Nice, but shall we say, a little predictable? Why not mix it up?You can easily pop open an unpredictable bottle that not only complements the turkey and trimmings, but also your side dishes.These wines will stand up to Thanks... Read More

    From the article Unpredictable Food & Wine Pairings


  • One nursery in New Zealand is trying to make the grape harvest a little easier ... says one winemaker harvested Pinot Noir after only two years.  The vines are created according to the country's grafted grapevine standards.  “We feel that tall vines are the answer, not just for individual replacement plants, but with large development blocks o... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Nursery Sees Spike In Tall Orders


  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2011

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    Full and richly complex aromas of black cherry and chocolate, toast, oak and vanilla and a bit of tar. Flavors are smooth, with round tannins, cinnamon, baking spice and cedar box, leather, tobacco and beautiful black cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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