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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • Artesa Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Block 91d Carneros 2014

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    Pure fruited ripe cherry aromas with soft powdered sugar and cool herbal notes blowing through. This is cool, fresh and lively on the palate with gorgeous mixed berry notes and fresh blueberry to start with good complexity filling in towards the finish with soft earth, medicine and cinnamon spice with just a touch of crushed violet petal and fin... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros 2014

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    Spiced red currant and raspberry aromas with ripe cherry and and cool floral elegance on the nose. Bright and firm fruit coming through on the palate with zesty acidity and tart focused cherry and cranberry fruit, a hint of medicine and good herbal notes of red licorice and more plum and blossom coming through towards the finish with baking spic... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Santa Julia Brut Rose NV

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of cream. Puckeringly acidic in the mouth, tart and refreshing with beautifully floral and ripe cherry and strawberry fruit and a warming finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cabot Pinot Noir Nash Mill Vineyard 2011

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    Red plum colorslightly darker than most trendy California PNs you see these days. Interesting fruit flavors on entrysome black cherry but more stone fruit, plum, I guess. Medium-bodied. Fruit is neutralized mid-palate with earthiness and acid. Acid is what really makes this an enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Cuvée St. Vincent" 2009 2009

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    This is my 2nd pinot and 3rd wine overall I've had from this producer and have been happy with them all. Price and quality match well...and he used the acidity and minerality aspect of the terroir well. This is a medium red wine with distinct clear ring. A defined nose of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and spice pop out readily and lead the way. Th... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Al, I am really glad you have something of a thick skin, but paying $5,000 (or ... this one Hit of almost Pinot Noir-like strawberry on the tip of the tongue.  but, then, some interesting tartness.  It's hard to describe.  I want to say lemon, but that's nor really it--and most people (i.e., I) would be turned off by any Zin that came with a "... Read More

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  • Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Branciforte Creek 2005

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    The Pinot Noir produced from the grapes of Dr. Jennifer Choate and Dave "Woody" Wood's vinyard has spoiled me and set a new bar height in what I'll expect from this kind of wine. Absolutely wonderful range of flavors, from first sip through last aftertaste. This is a definitely a wine of highest rank, to be enjoyed on its own or accompanied b... Read More

    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Soho Marlborough Pinot Noir White Collection 2011

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    Any good pinot is better 5 years later so the saying goes...and this example proves it. It was was very timid at first, but with time the fruit emerged and brought with it a great spice fruit. Red berry fruit - mostly cherries and raspberry - leads the way with crisp acidity and slightly chewy tannins lead to a mouthwatering finish. Drink now - ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2013

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    This was really good (and cheap)!! Black cherries, currant, plenty of spice, ... if you are not drinking a pinot noir instead. Excellent with cheeses and breads. Drink now - Paul 90 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Wine dinner at our house with our neighbors Rick & Debbie last night. ... ... like a sparking wine or a Pinot Noir since they are both red wine drinkers, but we all decided to give the white a try since this particular one was new to all of us.  It is quite good but we only had small glasses of it since this dinner was all about the reds.  Aft... 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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