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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  • Sea Pearl Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2014

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    as a pinot noir i found this wine to be less than reflective of the variety that I have become used to. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Getting back to wine for a moment, last night we hosted a wine dinner with our ... ... and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (2015 Twomey Pinot Noir).  We started with that Trump Blanc de Blanc that was given to us last month (I didn't like it much, probably due to the green apple taste); Debbie didn't even want to try it, so we opened a J. K. Ca... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2015

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    Medium light in body. Subtle fruit on the nose with sour cherries on the palate and noticeable greenish tannins on the finish. Guessing there was some stem inclusion. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster 2015

    Snoothrank:

    well, it's an excellent wine of cause but what surprised me the most - is a light aroma of cotton and wildflowers and that you can catch for a first few seconds! Then it vanishes leaving nice dried dark berries nose. Taste is juicy, silky, minty, fresh berries and dried fruit. leaves a "90% chocolate" bar on a tongue. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sonoma Collection Pinot Noir Sonoma District 3 2014

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    I have a split opinion about this wine. First of all, as a $15-17 Sonoma coast pinot noir, it's somewhat disappointing, and not particularly true to type, and on that basis, I would give it only 3 glasses at most. However, that being said, it's currently selling at Grocery Outlet for $5 a bottle, and it's certainly an interesting and more th... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • Prophecy Pinot Noir 2015

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    very bold Zinfandelish flavor... dot bad, but I expected different. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, eighty-three percent of wine from the ... high quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. New Mexico has been growing grapes for more than 400 years since the Spanish Colonists planted mission grapes for the traveling Monks who needed wine for their daily mass. Today, New Mexico has three main viticultural area... Read More

    From the article Wine in America, Beyond California


  • EMark, we must have been on the same wavelength last night as I opened a ... I ... I returned. The best Copain Pinot Noir I have had in some time. Elegant, soft fruit, dried rose petals, wonderfully integrated structure. Further along than I would have expected for an 6 year old wine but then again it's an '11 so I'll make a mental note of tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Porter Creek has a few interesting things.  They are right at a bend in ... the road and have their own Pinot Noir vineyards there, but I haven't loved those.  They make a Carignane from Mendocino fruit that is tasty.  Barely a stone's throw from Casa OT.  We should all pack their minuscule tasting room some time.&nbs Read More

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  • Ah, nothing like a good Pinot Noir.  I usually taste some form of cherry in a Pinot, but I don't think I've tasted cola.  Not being a terribly complex wine, I would probably like it EM.Last night we just watched the news (MSNBC) and of course UA airlines was in the news for dragging a passenger off a plane over last weekend, and the Trump mouthp... Read More

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