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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  • Thanks for that Mark. Easy to drink wine that have little complexity seems to be the pattern on the $30 and under wines. The closest to being complex from my tastings has been the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara. It reportedly has a splash of Mondeuse in it that hit the spot. It had a tannic bite on the finish that added interest.http://veritywines.... Read More

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  • Randy, I have found that the River Road wines, which, by the way, I think I've only seen in Total Wine stores, are reasonably priced, easy-to-drink wines.  They are not ethereal, life-changing experiences, but, gimme a break, look at the price!It turns out that I have had a bottle of that very Stephanie's PN that you mention.  For whatever reaso... Read More

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  • Have good memories of Edna Valley wines, especially within their own price range. Read More

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  • Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley 2015

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    This wine and I were both #81 in 2017. The wine, #81 of the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017, and myself, #81 of 264 in the Spartan Race Sacramento 2017. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve 2008

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    Excellent Pinot for the price Read More

    Wine review by Willard Cook


  • Cote Mas Brut Cremant de Limoux NV

    Snoothrank:

    Heady toast and honeyed biscuit aromas with baked apple and pear notes. Crisp and refreshing palate of green apple and golden berries, this is nicely tart on the mid palate with some grapefruit flavor and a burst of acidity which sustains through to the lemon meringue and pineapple finish with a touch of crumb cake. Fresh and refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pinot Noir can pair with just about anything, even turkey.  I think it's time to look at Zinfandels again. Read More

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  • Does anyone know anything about River Road Winery in Sonoma. I've picked up ... ... I looking at River Road Pinot Noir Stephanie's Vineyard Russian River Valley. Thinking of giving it a try. http://www.totalwine.com/wine/red-wine/pinot-noir/river-road-pinot-noir-stephanies-russian-river-valley/p/88320750?s=2101&igrules=tr Read More

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  • Gina, welcome to the Snooth wine forum.  Can I recommend you select a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley in Oregon?  These are similar to the Pinot Noir found in Burgundy, France. Read More

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  • Bonjour!Please accept my introduction today. Currently, I am Proprietor of La ... sauvignon, a red blend, a pinot noir, a chardonnay and a sauvignon blanc) which would be my daily go to. Something noteworthy, yet affordable. I would appreciate any input towards that endeavor.Please may you enjoy a lovely day!Gina  &nbs 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

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  • 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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