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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  • Murphy Goode Pinot Noir 2013


    Ripe cherry and bright red berry notes touched with cinnamon on the nose. Slightly tart in the mouth and fairly simple red berry and cranberry flavors, a hint of oak and a tannic bite on the finish.86 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Benziger Family Winery Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013


    Fun and light cherry aromas with some strawberry and sweet spice - very inviting. This continues to be light on its feet in the mouth, with cherry and strawberry flavors, some notes of plum, and some more earthiness coming through on the finish with hints of dark herb and spice.89 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Angeline Wines Reserve Pinot Noir  Read More

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  • For me it certainly is based on principle, but the reality sometimes can be a ... be a ... In my opinion, a Pinot Noir is usually light and would not be a good follow-up to a Shiraz (read Aussie fruit-bomb), or an Amarone.  I base it first on grape and or blend.  Age can come into play, but if I think it's say a young cab sav, I'll decant it ... Read More

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  • Mirassou Pinot Noir Monterey County 2013


    Final of the 'Reds' Flight. Found it thin and may have spoiled. Did improve some in the glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ... the night. It poured like a Pinot Noir with a cranberry color. The nose was red fruited as was the palate with generous acidity, a Grenache like freshness to it and not the overpowering tannins I have dome to expect from PS. A different take on an old favorite f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You shoulda been there, Old...

  • Au Bon Climat, most any bottling I've had in recent years, is way ... in ... in any why like I want my pinot noir to drink, though at least it never presented with cherry-cola disease (nor as of my most recent drinkings). I don't have enough info about the internal goings-on at the winery to understand why this must be, but whatever the reason... Read More

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  • As luck would have it, I have a Donkey & Goat Pinot lined up for tonight's $16 - $27 Pinot Noir flight. 2014 scares me a little, may have to give it a little more air than the rest.Little bit of a US v. France thing going.  Read More

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  • Line 39 Pinot Noir 2014


    Purchased in Saugatuck, MI on 6/17/15. Drank immediately. Color, nose and taste ... would expect from a young Pinot Noi Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2013


    Had at chef Joseph Read More

    Wine review by gmb468

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