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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  • Dom Perignon 2003


    (Past tasting 14 May 2013) Beautiful golden sheen, with fine beads. Tasted light. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Always have to chuckle at the pinot noir comments by Greg. I wouldn't call weather being a factor in wine-making is that is out of the hands of the farmers & winemaker/s. Read More

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  • Thank you, guys.  Your explanations were extremely helpful.  A lot of ... knowing how much you love Pinot Noir and how much I love Pinot Noir, your proposed wager would not be much of a risk for either of us.I'm definitely not prepared to take Jon's test although I would wonder if weather during the growing season would be included in # Read More

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  • Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010


    (Past tasting 25 Mar 2013) Young and fruity. Bit of spice on nose. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • I  suggested PN because I have one someone gave me and I have to get rid ... ... got such a knock and now Pinot Noir - you can't just plant any old grape wherever you have land and expect to make a decent wine.Then it's clone selection, rootstock selection, row orientation, vine density, trellising method. Some of those go together, as you mig... Read More

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  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... I'll bet you a bottle of Pinot Noir that it doesn't if you were to blind taste wines aged in both. You can also bet that people will swear there's absolutely a "huge" difference.The Burgundy barrel, also used in Beaujolais, is called a pièce. But in France they ... Read More

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  • Red Rock Winery Pinot Noir Reserve 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by MissMaryQQ

  • Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV


    80% Chardonnay, 19% Pinor Noir, 1% Pinot Blanc.Colour: soft yellow, exellent and persistent perlage.Perfume: simple but balanced, fruity, fresh bread, peanuts, vanilla.Taste: fine and balanced, medium structure and acidity, exellent drinkability. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni

  • A new wine bar in New Zealand called “The Auricle Wine & Sound ... like the pinot noir are on the wine list for quiet moments,” she said.  She then demonstrated the effects of sound and sight on wine. She opened a bottled of Sauvignon Blanc and poured it. She noted the wine's freshness, later saying it was best suited for calmer moments. Once s... Read More

    From the article Sounds Like Fun: Kiwi Wine Bar Pairs Songs With Vino

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