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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  • Fess Parker Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014

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    Garnet in color and a bit shy on the nose with medium light weight. Redish blue fruit with exelent acidity and a very tame finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Actually Randy it's $30....that might give you some room for pondering.153 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ever-Changing Value Wines -...


  • The under $20.00 mark is tough. La Crema's Monterey is medium bodied and ... better with food. Jezebel Pinot Noir Oregon by the Willful Wine Company pushes the $20.00 mark is lighter, more old world is style and enjoyable. Does anyone have anything French they can recommen Read More

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  • And another allocation picked up today - 2014 Domaine Drohin Pinot Noir - Laurene.  These will go directly into Sandra's wine racks.   Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Paul, I'll have to try and find a bottle of the Hahn SLH. I've been drinking some of the better wineries entry level wines and have enjoyed them. I'd recommend the Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara and Ponzi Tavola. I recently bought an entry level wine from Fess Parker,I'll let you know what I think of it when I drink it.     Read More

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  • Dancin Vineyards Pinot Noir 'Ballerina' 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • It's definitely worth a try - and as they garner more attention their price rises.152 Read More

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  • First - A clarification, I'm pretty picky about my pinot's because ... ... ... with food.The A-Z Oregon Pinot Noir of just about any vintage is a good value at around $15-$18 is a good buy.The Siduri Willamette Vally is usually good, but I've noticed a little bit of inconsistency over the years, however the Siduri SLH Pinot is a value at $25 y... Read More

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  • Ok, the topic has been updated.  Too bad I enjoyed a lovely Barnett Pinot Noir last night that is way above the $30 price point.  I shall start looking for something more reasonable.   Read More

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  • Why don't we both stretch yet focus this thread a bit and, say, share the best pinot noir we've found for under $30. Later we can move on to cabs and syrahs and zins and GSMs, etc. at lower price points, but would be interested first in the PNs...   Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • 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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