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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  • I again find myself in Switzerland/France. Did you hear they passed a new law ... drinking a lot of the local Pinot Noir in some great restaurants. I believe I mentioned the La Rose Noire before. Truly outstanding with gigot  d’agneau.And I always go back to the Rhône wines. This one was a big one for the price (about 10 Eur give it take in th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Cuvee du President' Blanc de Blancs Brut Cremant de Limoux 1991


    I bought this bottle of wine for a mere £1 from a new website called ... 90% ... ... 90% chardonnay although pinot noir,chenin blanc and mauzac are also allowed in a blend. My bottle is very old-fashioned,quite heavy and the label says made by Divinaude although I have not been able to find out much about them. I presume it to be a negociant ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine Pavelot Aloxe-Corton 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Argentina is a key player on the 21st century wine scene. Hands down, the ... ... the ... Bousquet Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut MendozaMusky earthy aromas of sandy soil and clay on the nose with hints of peach, melon and dried sage. Continues to be earthy and concentrated on the palate with lemon and grapefruit citrus fruit, floral peach and dr... Read More

    From the article Argentina's Secret Stash of Wines

  • River Road Russian River Valley Sonoma County Reserve Pinot Noir 2016


    Garnet in color and shy on the nose. Medium light in weight, light dark cherry fruit with good acidity and very light tannins. Needs food. Not a bad wine just nothing to cause me to look for it again. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Once our Christmas activities at my in-laws were over (around 5 PM), we headed ... left this 2014 California Pinot Noir at our door on Christmas Eve, so it spent the night in the cold sub-freezing air.  The wine didn't freeze, so I hope it's ok.  We dropped off the 2014 Canvas Back bottle (Duckhorn experiment with Washington fruit) and of cour... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What are you serving for...

  • Seaglass Pinot Noir 2016


    Surprisingly, European style from Santa Barbara! Medium nose and body with characteristic fruity taste of Pinot, soft and nice start... The ending is long and very interesting - it's a spicy cranberry and something like citrus, like caramelized orange peal or so. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Very nice selection of Oregon Pinot Noir.  We've been to Penner-Ash, but we haven't bought any wines from them.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wineries to visit in Newberg, OR

  • EMARK - That pretty much sums up my thoughts also.  Don't know why, some people love 'em - I just can't get on the same page.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...

  • $9.99 at Costco I bought this one just so that I could post on this thread.  I'm not sure it meets the "good" requirement, though.I have enjoyed Kenwood wines for quite a few years.  They are generally well-made wines at a very reasonable price.  I can't remember ever having a Kenwood PN, before, but, when I saw it in the bin for $9.99, I figure... Read More

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