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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  • DV: "For me, this is tantamount to cross-dressing."  :) Sounds like a great event!  Read More

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  • This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, ... Hill Cellars the Spirit of Pinot Noir Rosé Bayliss-Bower Vineyard: Retail $20. Dark in the glass, a delicate Crimson, almost red wine dark. Watermelon and cherry on the nose and round on the palate. Still great balance and verve with body and fruit. Very Good. 88-90 Poi... Read More

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  • Many PNs indeed.Many GOOD PNs? At the $35-50 price point? Separate questions. But there are more each year.D - you know that the reaction to any suggestion that there might be any enthusiasm for a particular grape is to plant and plant some more. So we end up with crappy Merlot, PN, and everything else. But some people are doing things in a more... Read More

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  • Several 2012 Pinot Noirs from Russian River, SLH, and SRH definitely have Pinot / Red Burgundy notes and texture; body. ***** It appears to come from the oenologist, wine maker and Vineyard. (research)Southern California has many PN's bottlings that "wont break your bank$$ 35-50 USD. " I am also a buyer of PN So Cal.  A few Pommard Clone rookies... Read More

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  • v v, I have never tried an Insignia.  I do have one bottle in my ... ... increased the percentage of Pinot Noir in my inventory because I'm still trying to figure out what the hubbub is all about.  If there were more makers out there, I would have more Carignane, Barbera, Alicante Bouschet, and probably some others.Was in a strange mood last n... Read More

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  • Of course, Greg, Sonoma has some of the best New World PNs. Think I was sounding klaxons for The True here half a dozen years ago. Just proportionately so much dross, still, in that county and Napa, as well as further south. Oregon has its own issues, but also some good PN. I've lusted after the rare-perfected CA pinot for decades, and only had ... Read More

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  • Drinking from OT's neighborhood (again) tonight. I don't know if ... ... is a big, full-bodied Pinot Noir.  The slightest hint of strawberry on the tip of the tongue, but firm tannin and sufficient acid fills the mouth.  A very well balanced wine.  Fruit, tannin and acid support each other, but nothing dominate Read More

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  • A good reminder that we need to do another one of these!Speaking of which, what happened to Fox? Read More

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  • JenniferT returns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We're glad to have you back. Read More

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  • Sounds like it was a lot of fun, Darren.  I'm not surprised that you nominated the Seghesio Sonoma as your WOTN.  Everybody knows my Zinfandel prejudice.  Seghesio is a very solid maker.  The other thing, though, is that the "Sonoma" bottling is their lowest priced offering (around here I can usually find it for about $20), and, as often as not,... Read More

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