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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  • Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Cuvee St. Vincent" 2009

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    This is my 2nd pinot and 3rd wine overall I've had from this producer and have been happy with them all. Price and quality match well...and he used the acidity and minerality aspect of the terroir well. This is a medium red wine with distinct clear ring. A defined nose of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and spice pop out readily and lead the way. Th... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Al, I am really glad you have something of a thick skin, but paying $5,000 (or ... this one Hit of almost Pinot Noir-like strawberry on the tip of the tongue.  but, then, some interesting tartness.  It's hard to describe.  I want to say lemon, but that's nor really it--and most people (i.e., I) would be turned off by any Zin that came with a "... Read More

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  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Branciforte Creek 2005

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    The Pinot Noir produced from the grapes of Dr. Jennifer Choate and Dave "Woody" Wood's vinyard has spoiled me and set a new bar height in what I'll expect from this kind of wine. Absolutely wonderful range of flavors, from first sip through last aftertaste. This is a definitely a wine of highest rank, to be enjoyed on its own or accompanied b... Read More

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Soho Marlborough Pinot Noir White Collection 2011

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    Any good pinot is better 5 years later so the saying goes...and this example proves it. It was was very timid at first, but with time the fruit emerged and brought with it a great spice fruit. Red berry fruit - mostly cherries and raspberry - leads the way with crisp acidity and slightly chewy tannins lead to a mouthwatering finish. Drink now - ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2013

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    This was really good (and cheap)!! Black cherries, currant, plenty of spice, ... if you are not drinking a pinot noir instead. Excellent with cheeses and breads. Drink now - Paul 90 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Wine dinner at our house with our neighbors Rick & Debbie last night. ... ... like a sparking wine or a Pinot Noir since they are both red wine drinkers, but we all decided to give the white a try since this particular one was new to all of us.  It is quite good but we only had small glasses of it since this dinner was all about the reds.  Aft... Read More

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  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    E had at stone creek. Best wine she ever had. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one ... ... reserva. I had a crappy Pinot Noir and a crappy Cab and something else there and imagining how they would taste with my sandwich, I realized I had developed not only taste preferences but also a taste memory.  Been working on developing that ever sinc Read More

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  • Rckr, I look forward to others' reports, but, sadly, I can't say that I ... ophthamologist who went on a Pinot Noir quest?  Who'da thunk it?) Ridge Lytton Springs 1994 -- a truly ethereal wine that we enjoyed with a Hollywood Bowl picnic in, I think, 2010, or s Read More

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