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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  • Paul, I think I see a bottle of Siduri in one of those pictures. Hope that wasn't the bottle that got broken. Others have posted bottles of Hahn SLH with good results so I search and found a bottle at Total Wine.Modern in style and well balanced. Developed nicely with some air. I like it and think it was best served pre food. Thanks for the tip. Read More

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  • Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • De Loach Pinot Noir Heritage Reserve California 2016

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    ...just add some lemon, cube of cane sugar and you'll get an excellent sangria! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Thanks, Paul. Keep 'em coming. Used to drink a lot of Edna Valley a couple of owners ago. Read More

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  • Ok - let's get with under $30 PN tasting. 1st some of the people:The lady on the right is an author with one published and is currently working on her 2nd novel.4 of 6 bottles of the $17.50 or less wines - 2 bottles were bottles:The Prophecy drank decently but except for this I'd not buy it - and I didn't.  The CyT PN was terrible, sour cherry -... Read More

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  • Patricia Green Cellars Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge 2014

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    Light on the nose and medium light weight. Sour cherries and light tannin with an extended finish. Very easy to drink and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Sounds like it was a proper party.  ;-) Read More

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  • Well now that shampooing the carpet is done (2X), cleaning up glass - it's amazing how far the chards go, mopping and bleaching the basement floor to remove wine stain is over I can finally get to taking pics of remaining wine bottles and reporting on our tasting last Sat night.  See you tomorrow. Read More

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  • Maison Ambroise Cote de Nuits Villages 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £20 from a wine shop in London's Hampstead ... Burgundy. My bottle is 100% pinot noir from a plot close to the Nuits Saint Georges premier cru vineyard of Clos de la Marechale and was aged in oak barrels [40%new] for 14 months.I started my bottle last night with my steak supper. It is a full bodied wine particu... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Meant to ask earlier, Lucha, but have you had any Cameron? Or Vincent? Or Cristom?Sounds good, Paul. Photos aren't as vital for me as they seem to be for many others. Trust no one was injured in that 'bar-room' mishap. 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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