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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  • Chehalem Pinot Noir Three Vineyard 2014


    Pure strawberry and cherry fruit aromas with cinnamon spice and cool flower petal notes on the nose. Zesty and appealing in the mouth with plenty of ripe cherry and mixed berry fruit, soft and gentle earth and even a touch of cherry syrup and red licorice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2014


    Quite elegant and smooth on the nose, this is fruit forward and approachable with notes of ripe black cherry, red licorice, bold cinnamon spice and a soft herbal note adding some complexity. Impressive balance on the palate with tart fruit character of ripe red currant, strawberry and lots of bright cherry, this is full and fresh and fruity with... Read More

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  • Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2014


    Bright black cherry and sweet baking spice with floral violet notes and hints of tea leaf. Well balanced in the mouth with good acidity and full fruit playing against soft tannins, this delivers fruit notes of raspberry and strawberry with elegant texture and a smooth, clean finish that carries a slight zest and plenty of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Willamette Valley 2015


    Tart strawberry and chunky watermelon aromas with sharp spice and some cherry syrup. This stays quite fresh on the palate with more watermelon notes and cherry, turning towards citrus fruit notes of lime alongside kiwi and a floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2014


    Sweet and savory spice box nose with black cherry and raspberry notes. This is cool and fresh in the mouth with floral and earthy undernotes, a good base of spice with dried chocolate cherries coming up through the midpalate and a finish that delivers a tart herbal note with cranberry and raspberry fruit notes. Clean, fresh and lively. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried ... my favorite was the Burgundy Pinot Noir wines, as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California in the 70's and 80's.On a side note, I had lunch... Read More

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  • Ruca Malen Brut Sparkling


    Golden pear and apple notes with an aged cheese and yeast note adding some creaminess alongside a pleasant minerality. Tart notes of lemon, green melon and creamy almond on the palate with fresh minerality and lime zest leading up to a finish with good length and more creamy peach and apple. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Domaine des Lambrays Morey St Denis Grand Cru Clos des Lambrays 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • The only Oregon wine I saw was quite a few lots of Torii Mor pinot noir.Torii Mor has its following for its wine, and for its winery visits, and also has interesting owners. They landscaped around the winery like their idea of Japanese gardens but what is closer to a shrine precinct. 'Torii' in Japanese is those large gates in front of Shinto sh... Read More

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  • Santa Rita Pinot Noir 120 2014


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

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