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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  • The Ojai Vineyard Puerta del Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

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    So much light is coming through the glass on this oneits almost closer to a rose than a red. A bit of a funky nose that blows off fairly quickly. Light red fruit on entrystrawberry, plum, raspberry. Amazingly sharp tartness. Some bitterness or minerality way in the back palate. An enjoyable, if not epic, wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Left Coast Cellars Pinot Noir Cali's Cuvee 2015

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    Fruity with balancing acid and light tannins. Easy drinker that everyone can enjoy. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I recently appeared on BBC World’s Connecting Commerce, a series ... ... ... Chardonnay for white and Pinot Noir for red. I was impressed … the wines had a Burgundian style but carried a unique Canadian passport.Over the years I’ve seen winemakers around the world attempt to make ‘Burgundy’ and fall short, eventually realising that Burgundy’s ... Read More

    From the article Connecting with Canadian Wine


  • Santa Rita Secret Reserve Pinot Noir Central Valley 2016

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    Wild strawberries, vanilla, blueberry, peppy ending. Well-balanced, easy to drink, nice summer wine! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Lots of sweets. Too bad.Was at a tasting of Australian wines a week ago and ... wines there. Even a great Pinot Noir.Who knew?Lots of good stuff being made and interesting grapes and technique Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Stephen hasn't shown here in awhile, but would be curious about his ... 2006 Block 5 Pinot Noir Macedon Ranges  |  6 in stock  |  $59.99 Bindi 2011 Chardonnay Quartz Macedon Ranges  |  2 in stock  |  $39.99 Buller, R.L. NV Rutherglen Sparkling Shiraz   |  1 in stock  |  $9.99 Buller, RL NV Rutherglen Calliope Rare Muscat 375ml  |  7 in stock  |... Read More

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  • J Vineyards Brut Rose Russian River Valley NV

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    Warm cherry and strawberry aromas, smooth and balanced with floral notes. Zesty and tart citrus notes on the palate with tangerine, lemon and grapefruit notes with fresh strawberries and cream, very warm with baking spices and bold acidity with a bit of earthiness coming through towards the finish, framed with cherry and a faint tannin layering ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • King Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir Mcminnville 2014

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    Strawberry and cherry, heavy and aromatic on the nose with potpourri, lively wild berry notes and a hint of licorice. On the palate this is tart and crisp with bold acidity and earthen fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, a bit of warmth coming in on the mid palate with some spice and notes of leather, clay and smoke, wrapped in more red fruit. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dancin Ecarte Pinot Noir Oregon 2015

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    Dark, plummy notes of black cherry and cinnamon spice. Lightly floral, delicate aromas and a mineral note with a touch of heat. Raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, sweetly spiced and floral with a fresh palate towards the finish with touches of licorice and cherry cola. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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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