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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  • Apples, gourds, and snifters of port are right around the corner. Let’s ... same price point, made with pinot noir and trepat grapes and offering a strawberry-cherry taste profile. What's not to love?Jim van BergenJvB UnCorkedBack in April, I was given the great pleasure of visiting Catalonia, Spain. As one can guess, I tasted lots and lots of... Read More

    From the article The Last Wines of Summer


  • VinoVinoApologies did not see your Aussie PostYering Farm is not a Winery I ... ... excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • The wineries on the Islands (basically anything much outside the Okanagan) ... ... ... only do white grapes and Pinot Noir.  Now, there are some decent Pinots being made and JD might even say so, but you're right, the impressive stuff is further inland.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Restrained red fruit flavors. Light bodied. Easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Last entry for this week's activities:L to R - The 2014 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and the 2014 Tikal Patriota Malbec/Bonarda.AL - This is the brother to the Tikal Malbec/Syrah you had at your party. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Al did you say "white"?  ;)JD had Meyer Pinot Noir (I gave VV a bottle, but different vineyard one...he should ask JD about it)I had Painted Rock "Skaha Blend" which is a Syrah/Cab sav blend.  I think they just made it back to the ship! Hopefully JD will post some photos.  Unfortunately we didn't get one of all of us. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • The Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    A bit tarry, a bit floral, some cherry and simple raspberry aromas. On the palate this brings a somewhat candied red fruit palate of cherries and raspberry Jolly rancher and a touch of tarry earthiness towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J Vineyards Pinot Noir California 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Smoky, earthy and tarry with tart cherry fruit. This is puckered and tight with black cherry, earthy tar and smoke on the palate and a raisin and fig finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Lavender Row Pays D' Oc France Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    very good for a young wine. probably sweeter than i would prefer for this cuvee which would have fared better in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • What comes to mind when I say Cava? Perhaps your initial thoughts are ... as a ... ... as a blending grape, and Pinot Noir, along with Garnacha, Trepat, are often used to craft Rosé Cava.Although Cava has set itself apart from Champagne, it has maintained its use of Methode Traditional to insure it is crafted using the highest quality process.... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Rethink Cava


  • 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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