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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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Henri Feletig 1988

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    2nd time tasting. still the same flowery nose, and well balanced palate of berries, spice and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Alain Michelot "Les Saint-Georges" Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Rouge 2009

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    i prefer this to the '08 vintage. it is similarly light, and very fruit forward. but there is an added layer of pepper spices and french oak, which added to the complexity. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits St -George Premier Cru les Saint-Georges 2008

    Snoothrank:

    light, lots of fruits, mainly blackcurrants. slight savoury too. in all, pleasant Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Montsecano Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Monsecano 2015

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    Rich taste with wild flavor, need some elegance Read More

    Wine review by Noppy


  • Faiveley Echezeaux 2002

    Snoothrank:

    today, 18 feb 2017 is a special day for me, where the benchmark of fine wine has been heightened even further. this one was an enigma, and it kept developing, developing, and developing, becoming more fruit forward as it breathes. every sip was a different experience! really summing to one single word - unbelievable! i do hope that i might be ab... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • I must mention the joys of Rutherford Vintners Pinot Noir, Napa!I JUST DRANK 2012 AND IT IS WONDERFUL INDEED!   It was a very good year!  Check out RUTERFORD VINTNERS, here on SNOOTH. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Macon Terroir Maconnais 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket for £10.Macon is an ... ... from chardonnay and red from pinot noir and/or gamay.My bottle was produced by Terroir Maconnais but I have not been able to find out much about them but presume they are a co-operative or negociant house.I started the bottle last night with my supper of roast p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Fixin Premiere Cru Clos du Chapitre Domaine Guy Dufouleur 1996

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    rich fruits and some soy, with bit of acidity; complex and layered Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • In the United Kingdom and Europe, English sparkling wine is taking wine ... with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier now accounting for over 50 per cent of total varietal plantings, and growing. For the record, the most northerly commercial vineyard is near York in Yorkshire. Denbies in the beautiful Surrey hills is the largest vineyard co... Read More

    From the article This is the next big sparkling wine region.


  • Big Challenge AmourChampagne [pref from Mesnil] OystersRiesling - ... Fish ... Fish [King George Whiting]Pinot Noir - DuckGSM - Asian PorkShiraz - SteakCabernet Sauvignon - Roast Lamb or Aged CheddarChateau d'Yquem - Creme Brul 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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