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

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

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

  • New Zealand

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

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • Côte de Beaune

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

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

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

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

Popular Wineries using Pinot Noir

  • Stonehedge Winery

    In 1992, the Shahabi Brothers began producing wines in the small town of St. Helena, situated in ...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Round Hill Vineyards & Cellars

    Rutherford Wine Company is family owned and managed with a portfolio of wines representing the ri...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Screaming Eagle Winery

      Screaming Eagle is a small winery based in Oakville, California. The original 57-acre (23 ...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Bouchaine Pinot Noir Bacchus Collection Mariafeld 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very nice Carneros Pinot. More on the red cherry vs black cherry side, medium acidity, nice body and balance. This is a touch lighter than the Russisan River Pinot we had earlier but it doesn't have quite the bite of acidity either. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Dutton Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Karmen Isabella 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Just a fantastic Russian River pinot! Both dark and bright red cherry, green plum, along with some other subtle citrus and a touch of cranberry on the back end. Excellent mouth watering acidity, great balance between the fruit, acid and alcohol, and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Vinho Ventisquero Queulat Pinot Noir 2009

    Snoothrank:

    100% Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile. 70% of this wine was aged in French oak for 10 months and the other 30% in stainless steel tanks to ensure bright fruit notes.An elegant nose thats full of intense raspberry, plum and strawberry. Vibrant acidity on the palate with bright strawberry and cherry notes. A long finish that is layered ... Read More

    Wine review by Taste with Stace


  • Kocijancic Sivi Pinot Goriska Brda 2004

    Snoothrank:

    Smooth, special, filling your senses to the top. Great wine to go with white fish or pasta with white sauces... Read More

    Wine review by VINARIJA TOPICH


  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Deep black fruit, leather, earth and baking spices on the nose. Palate is concentrated with blackberry, black currant, leather, tobacco leaf, ripe black cherry and cedar. Finishes clean and long, but surprisingly light and refreshing. A special bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Great write up JD!  You made me want to have some Pinot Noir! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy


  • RF - I don't remember seeing that commercial back in the day (late ... There was a Pinot Noir wine tasting going on from 2 PM to 4 PM which we didn't know about but the Sommelier Ryan Jones was nice enough to bring us a nice taste of the most popular Pinot, which was the Roots.  We enjoyed that but he recommended for our dinner an even nicer wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... pay $60 for a Russian River Pinot Noir then wonder if in most other wine regions if paying more than a Jackson is “worth it”. I’m not saying there aren’t terrific South African wines under $20 but rather suggesting that those requiring more coin are very often wort... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Moet Hennessy is looking to sweeten the pot. The Champagne and cognac ... ... Valley-sourced Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.Moet executives are hoping the new offering will appeal to millennials, an age group which marketers have identified as a crucial generation for winemakers who want to maintain growth in the United States. Moet ... Read More

    From the article New Chandon Sparkler To Release Nov. 1 in U.S.


  • Magniem Michel Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Seuvrees' Vieilles Vignes 1999

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... for red wines only made of pinot noir from the commune of the same name and the neighbouring commune of Borchon on the Cotes de Nuit in Burgundy. There are 9 Grand Cru vineyards and 26 PremierCrus although my bottle is not from them but is a village level wine.Domaine Magniem Michel et fils is a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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