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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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Peripécia 2012

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    Wine review by Nuno M Pereira


  • Peripécia 2013

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    Wine review by Nuno M Pereira


  • Lemelson Vineyards Pinot Noir Thea's Selection 2014

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    Give it 3 hours to breathe Read More

    Wine review by Winosaur


  • Sounds great, foie gras paired well with a medium bodied red like Pinot Noir, Gamay...As far as the second course is concerned, Burgundy wine is perfect with pheasant, dauphnoise potatoes with Cabernet Sauvignon. Hope the dinner will be a success. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine suggestions from list...


  • Underwood Cellars Pinot Noir Wine In a Can 2015

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    Strawberry and raspberry on the nose. Light bodied with raspberry on entry, plenty of acidity and a smooth tanninless finish. Darn good for coming from a can. On par with other entry level pinots from Oregon. Think I'll keep a can or two around. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Volnay Michel Lafarge 2012

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    Needs to breathe but very good after a few minutes. Holds its taste. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by FruitFerm


  • Domaine Serge Laloue Sancerre Rouge 2014

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    savoury and fruity Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Nice haul Roger!This weekend is the Wine Road Winter Wineland. A friend of mine ... with a 2013 Trenton Estate Pinot Noir and a couple 2008 Stellwagen Zinfandels from the library. '08 was the last year Swan made wine from Stellwagen and Ruth Stellwagen was recently swindled out of her property so nobody will have the fruit moving forward, This ... Read More

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  • Domaine Maillard Pere et Fils Chorey-les-Beaune 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... of Domaine Maillard,is 100% pinot noir and aged in oak barrels for 18 months..I started the bottle last night with my steak supper..I thought it fairly full-bodied for a Burgundy wine. There is plenty of a cherry style fruit and the tannins are noticeable but make it a well structured wine.This ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • The CFO is out of town so I had to do something with my time, what better way ... way ... Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County2014 Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnes2013 Feudi del Pisciotto Frappato Carolina Marengo2008 I Pentri Kerres Beneventano IGT2014 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana IGT2012 Quinta dos Roques Encruzado2013 End of the Vine Pino... Read More

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  • My 88 year old Mom drinks a bottle of Pinot Noir Every Evening. I'm Her 55 yr old Daughter who was a RN for over 20 yrs. I'm Not working & living with my Mom & She Must Have Her Bottle of Pimot Noir Every PM - I am always looking for a good buy for her Wine ! Plus we are on a budget & I'm trying to buy by the case and have it delivered to her ho...

    Comment by 1562399Torreyps 1562399 Torreyps


  • Here in New Zealand we are blessed with the finest "New World" Pinot Noir - as we say 'cheap as chips'. Come on over and try it - a Bucket List must. Especially the South Island. I'm not in the business - only an avid consumer!

    Comment by 934098Tomap 934098 Tomap


  • Pinot nero is known as the Burgundian king of red wines. With rich and intense aromas of dark berries, spice and violets and pairs well with light meats like (our veal scaloppine). This thin-skinned variety is grown in Alto Adige. Primarily in Bassa Atesina, but also Oltradige, Bolzano basin, Adige Valley, and Val Venosta. The Pinot Nero grows b...

    Comment by 939258Antonio Chef Tony 939258 Antonio Chef Tony


  • Sorry I forgot to say that the wine maker is Adelsheims Vinyard Thank You

    Comment by 980317ShaeO 980317 ShaeO


  • More over a question relating to an older vintage. Specifically a 1979 Pinot Noir . Which I happen to have. My question is ,how should I properly store this wondeful wine and can anyone confirm that on that label is the portrait of a fellow by the name of Scott W. Thank you for any answers that you might have. By: Shae A. Osborn

    Comment by 980317ShaeO 980317 ShaeO


  • I believe that Pinot Noir stands just as high as some of the other reds such as a Cab/or Zin..

    Comment by 535405hmachens 535405 hmachens


  • one of my favorite wines, best between 8ºC - 10ºC... great variety for soft red lovers. Cono Sur Pinot Noir is by far the best in Chile.

    Comment by 851278AlRamirez 851278 AlRamirez


  • 2008 Torii Mor deux verres It is stellar. 2008 is a great vintage for Willamette Pinot and the Torii Mor deux verres is among the best of them and is already drinking well above several more expensive Pinot. So classically light and yet so luxuriously fruity, with a perfect amount of tannic structure that will allow it to gain further complexity...

    Comment by 362251jamesy 362251 jamesy


  • I HAVE TO SAY PAUL HOBBS CROSS BARN VINYARD...ABSOLUTELY A PHENOMONAL WELL BALANCED BOTTLE OF WINE FOR ALL YOU PINOT NOIR LOVERS. THAT IS ONE SEXY BOTTLE

    Comment by 666705elcachimbo 666705 elcachimbo


  • MacMurray Ranch continues each year to be of very high taste and quality. Truly enjoyable. A standard from Sonoma. Enjoy.

    Comment by 598485ecco1212 598485 ecco1212


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