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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  • Randy - Your comment about "complexity" in under $30 wines was interesting.  Recently, and I'm not a big pinot drinker,  we drank this:A 2013 Talbot Kali Hart pinot.  Well layered and nuanced it was very good.  Drank well above it's $22 price point. Read More

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  • Lieb Cellars Reserve Sparkling Rose North Fork of Long Island 2015

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    Strawberry mash and wooded cherry on the nose. Tart, very dry and fresh on the palate with high acidity and medium fruit flavors of light watermelon and strawberry, finishing with a touch of biscuit and toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lidio Carraro Faces Do Brasil Pinot Noir Brut Rose Brazil

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    Soft strawberry and watermelon aromas with light cherry and notes of white blossom. Zesty mouthfeel on fresh acidity with a dark toast note thats earthy and herbal on the mid palate, creamy cherry and light tannins towards the finish with a bit more watermelon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut 2014

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    Creamy almond and pear aromas with a heady floral and sweet spice glaze. On the palate, more cream, honeyed pear and green apple, almond and marzipan, toast with butter and apricot jam, and a zesty herbal bite on the finish. 92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne

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    Deep strawberry and and cherry aromas with a clean note of cherry blossom. Austere and elegant with tart sour cherry, mixed spice and pink grapefruit, finishing clean and light with a note of watermelon and light tannin. Clean and fresh. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A handful of key regions dominate the sparkling wine scene, and with good ... ... The staple Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are often used but you may find native varietals being used as well.This brand is a good bet for a tasty wine to please a variety of palates.Try:Lidio Carraro Faces do Brasil Pinot Noir Brut Rose Brazil NVLong IslandThe... Read More

    From the article The Sparkling Wine Issue


  • Prophecy Pinot Noir 2015

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    Strawberry jam, chalk, twizzlers, cola, sweet faint tobacco, faint faint faint chocolate. Is better if it breathes for 45-60 min Read More

    Wine review by rkeeler440


  • As in, "Did you finish off that cheap Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon so ... so you could enjoy a nice Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon"?  Yes.  There is still some Pinot left for Sandra too.  Last night's dinner with her father was a beer event (special Trader Joe's beer from the holiday season) with Chinese food while we watched Whee... Read More

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  • Drained that PR Cab, Al? Read More

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  • I'm still not drinking the cheaper $30 Pinot's, but since nobody is posting their bottles recently, here's another one I highly recommend - in a higher price point though.  Very well structured and tasty. Read More

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