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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  • In many ways Greece is the ancient epicenter to modern society. Governmental ... ... conditions is rivaled by Pinot Noir. This red wine is often light in color with an array of characteristics ranging from floral, olive, tomatoes, and smoke. It has high acidity and tannins that benefit from oak aging.Xinomavro is my favorite red grape from Gre... Read More

    From the article The Real Scoop on Greek Wines


  • St. Innocent Villages Cuvee Pinot Noir 2015

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    Exuberant, complex flavors of raspberry and plum tiered with sweet tobacco, chocolate and cola give way to subtle notes of licorice. The velvety, polished tannins make for a long and luxurious finish. Read More

    Wine review by AnnetteSolomon


  • Les Capitans' Julienas 2001

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.'Les Capitans' refers to an area within Julienas around a 19th century mansion where a number of growers have holdingsThe label on my bottle says 'bottled by S.A.N.B. of Corcelles'. I do not k... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • You know the scene. He walks into the wine bar, orders a glass of Macon ... ... ... for the whites and Pinot Noir for the reds but, when it comes to the appellations, (the names and pecking order of the wines), things aren't so straightforward. Mind you, it's certainly not as complicated as many would have us believe.Travelling south along th... Read More

    From the article A Stroll through Burgundy


  • Anton Bauer Wagram Pinot Noir 2014

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    Translucent tawny red color, dry old world slight earthiness, hints of ripe cherry and cranberry. Lovely and full bodied yet light and perfect for an early autumn or late spring dinner. Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Tavridia Pinot Noir Crimea 2017

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    Fasten your seatbelt - it's a semi-sweet Pinot Noir! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Domaine Metrat et Fils Fleurie ' la Roilette' 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. Some beleive that Fleurie gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the small family concern of Domaine Metrat who have a holding in the 'La Roilette'vineyard [named after a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Spicy cinnamon and vanilla bean aromas with chocolate cherry and mineral earth. Loads of dark berry flavors with cherry, fizzy cola and fresh spice - berry approachable and pleasant with a creamy texture to the finish and assertive but gentle tannins. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Konzelmann Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2013

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    Tried at Grapefest. Not bad Read More

    Wine review by effell


  • Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition El Triángulo Pinot Noir 2012

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    There is a lot going on here: smoky, charred notes intermingle with ripe cherries, plums and sweet spices. Strawberry, blackberry and gooseberry flavours with a silky texture and tannins that feel tight, adding grip and persistence. Read More

    Wine review by Braxxy


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