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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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

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  • Alexis Lichine

    Alexis Lichine was a Russian-born wine writer and entrepreneur, who made many important contrib...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Arrogant Frog

    Arrogant Frog was born in the Herault Valley in Languedoc in the south of France, near the Medite...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Champagne Demoiselle Vranken

    Built on the hamlet of Les Demoiselles, the Château des Castaignes produces the DEMOISELLE vintag...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Deep black fruit, leather, earth and baking spices on the nose. Palate is concentrated with blackberry, black currant, leather, tobacco leaf, ripe black cherry and cedar. Finishes clean and long, but surprisingly light and refreshing. A special bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Great write up JD!  You made me want to have some Pinot Noir! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy


  • The status of South African wine in the USA is lamentable. Even in New York ... pay $60 for a Russian River Pinot Noir then wonder if in most other wine regions if paying more than a Jackson is “worth it”. I’m not saying there aren’t terrific South African wines under $20 but rather suggesting that those requiring more coin are very often wort... Read More

    From the article Innovation Sweeping South Africa: Get Thirsty!


  • Moet Hennessy is looking to sweeten the pot. The Champagne and cognac ... ... Valley-sourced Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.Moet executives are hoping the new offering will appeal to millennials, an age group which marketers have identified as a crucial generation for winemakers who want to maintain growth in the United States. Moet ... Read More

    From the article New Chandon Sparkler To Release Nov. 1 in U.S.


  • Magniem Michel Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Seuvrees' Vieilles Vignes 1999

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... for red wines only made of pinot noir from the commune of the same name and the neighbouring commune of Borchon on the Cotes de Nuit in Burgundy. There are 9 Grand Cru vineyards and 26 PremierCrus although my bottle is not from them but is a village level wine.Domaine Magniem Michel et fils is a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Blue Mountain Brut 2011

    Snoothrank:

    This sparkler from the Okanagan Valley, Canada is a very affordable alternative to European exemplars. It has a Champagne-like nose of toasty vanilla coupled with a hint of lime. On entry, there is good acidity and citrus flavour enveloped by more brioche and vanilla. Good, persistent mousse. Elegant and mouth-cleansing, it only lacks a littl... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Stoller Vineyards Sv Estate Pinot Noir Stoller Family Estate 2009

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    A terrific Pinot Noir. A bit more body (a plus!) than most. Read More

    Wine review by Chrisbike7


  • Siduri Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Amber Ridge 2007

    Snoothrank:

    A lot of light shines through the pretty red color in the glass. Very nice nose of red berry fruit. Sure enough initial mouth sensation is red cherry. Some kind of effervescent fizz. I little bitter on the back of the throat. Not a lot of power, here. Good acid, mellow tannin. Medium-bodied wine means light for a red. A good wine. Fair... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • French Press Pinot Noir

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    (2012) as a relatively new connoisseur of wine I am impressed with my ability ... ... to find good wines. this pinot noir is just very pleasant and perfectly tasting as a pinot noir should taste......going back for more! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Yesterday was our anniversary.  Peggy surprised me a bit when I asked her ... ... sale, and, yes, it is a Pinot Noir from Temecula.  What the heck was that guy thinking?  I had never heard of that winery--Maurice Car'rie.  A quick search seems to indicate that they still operate, although PN is not listed among their wines.  Actually, it appe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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


  • Michael Stephens 2008 pinot noir.Is it worth buying?

    Comment by 539349Thick Legs 539349 Thick Legs


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