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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  • Actually I haven't. The article proposed that not every CT  member had seen what the professional had rated the wines. I will take more care in the future when reviewing. Read More

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  • As mentioned in the other thread, if it's classic Bordeaux blends from the ... well regarded) Oregon - Pinot Noir & ChardonnayThe producers I've enjoyed may not make it to Oz, even at auction!-Cameron (Clos Electrique, makes a red and white from this vineyard, both top notch)-Amalie-Robert (Lots of wines, but the Estate Pinot or Amalie's cuvée... Read More

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  • RCKR  Read article the other day that compared cellar tracker,which I have, that compared their ratings to ratings by WA WS and the lady from England it showed that cellar tracker ratings were almost the same.  The purpose of the article was to prove that non professional rafters, but drinkers of the wine were in line with the ratings Read More

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  • CT scores mirror professional scores because people are sheep and follow the leader. Have you noticed that 90% of the scores on CT are between 89-91? Read More

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  • Price doesn't necessarily equal quality, that said it is an indicator of consistency of good quality wine making.  Much like Bordeaux, there are wineries that may make a really good wine one year and their quality drops the next.For instance - Freemark Abbey made a great '12 cabby, but the '11 wasn't nearly as good, and '13 has not gotten the ge... Read More

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  • Outthere may have muddled my question. Assuming all things are equal recognize personal preference,to buy California wines I am essentially paying for what you mentioned taxes. Land values labor costs etc.,again I do not live in an area where wine is grown so do not know the small wineries that make great wines. In Texas we are limited by what t... Read More

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  • Outthere does only price determine quality? In asking this I understand location weather etc, as an example in comparing Quilceda Creek vs Opus One or Insigna in comparing the pricing I pay $140 for Quilceda yet Opus or Insigna cost is $250-290 and Quilceda gets higher ratings. Read More

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  • Does anybody know how napa prices compare to those in Washington and Oregon? I find the QPR in Washington and Oregon is better than California  Read More

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  • Night and day on prices between Napa and anywhere else in the US. Oregon has lower real estate prices, cheaper labor, lower taxes etc... Read More

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  • No he's not assuming anything.that's the real world of high end Napa ... ... $3,000-5,000/ton for Pinot Noir and where do the prices hover, $30-50/bottle. I know it's over-simplified but it's how things work ou Read More

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