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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  • Roth Estate Pinot Noir 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

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  • Roth Pinot Noir 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Since Leslie Renaud became the wine maker at Roth, their wines have gone downhill. I will never purchase Roth wines until they get a different wine maker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Was going to ask your impressions of the Sea Smoke when you drank one of them. As JD points out, good resale value, but opinions differ greatly about the wine itself.Would be good to hear what you think of any (and all) of your purchases. Once I can get a read, will be able to make some reccos. Not really a fan of scatter shot recommendations of... Read More

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  • Happy exploring Eric, nice set there to see what appeals to you. If you like the Rivers Marie and/or Donkey & Goat you might consider selling the Sea Smoke. Read More

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  • OK Thanks for all your suggestions. I was able to find most of your ... I have ... I have a decent selection of Pinot Noir on order now, at a range of price points, most of which should be a good fit to my style preference. I'm just getting one of each for now, but will stock up if any tickle the right spot. Here's what I ended up ordering:201... Read More

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  • Another good one: Read More

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  • Welcome Esol! I don't drink too much PN but when I do I go with:  Read More

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  • I prefer the Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Noir as a general rule, but we've had some great ones from Anderson Valley (Goldeneye from Duckhorn). Read More

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  • 2014 Donkey & Goat Pinot Noir Helluva Vineyard (Anderson Valley)Great Pinot, if you don't mind good acidity along with the fresh fruit and some stem inclusion. Think it's the best CA Pinot under $40, and maybe higher. Read More

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  • This sounds like a question for GregT--should be right up his alley! Read More

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