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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  • Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013

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    Rough and tarry on the nose with waves of vanilla and black cherry, hints of rose petal and a bit of currant. Thin in the mouth, somehow lacking depth and still being quite easy drinking, there's a bit of spice on the finish accompanying dried fig, black cherry and cinnamon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Discovering a good wine bar at London Wine Week can be like a treasure ... ... method from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (with a bit of Pinot Blanc in there too),” Moore wrote. “Pop into the Andaz to try a flight of three different styles of Franciacorta … Just don’t mention Prosecco.” Moore then moved on to her recommendation of The 10 Cases, a b... Read More

    From the article Searching for a Solid Quaff: Telegraph Maps London Wine Week


  • Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by popz4120


  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... very ... wines: Trollinger, Pinot Noir, DornfelderSparkling wine: RieslingI can only speak from my experience and would like to share with you this well-hidden winery. Which manufactures such good wines. Since my first wine tasting there I'm a supporter of Götz... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • About a month, or so, ago, vin0vin0 posted on a Bedrock Syrah from Alder ... ... ... and 2012 Alder Springs Pinot Noir.  I had purchased some of the 2012 AS Chardonnay from them in the fall.  I know it is a terrific wine.  So, I was surprised and pleased that more was available.  So, I ordered 3 X of the Chardonnay and 1 X of the P Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Monterey 2013

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    Light cherry and raspberry aromas are immediately jumping out of the glass. Juicy and bright mouthfeel, there's not a ton of acidity but it's certainly present over the light earthy note and the fruit. Predominantly cherry flavors leading the charge here with a dose of sugary plums and a light touch of oak on the finish which is a bit tight with... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • V V - Are you by chance getting any of their Pinot Noir?  I would stay away from Santa Barbara due to that oil leak.  Monterey should be nice, especially on the coast.  I wonder if Clint Eastwood still lives up there... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • So JD - Happy Anniversary.  I'm curious about the connection of the ... site.  I loved the 2007 Pinot Noir that we tasted at the Roederer Estate Winery.  Also, do you still have the bottle?  You can validate it with a code on the back of the bottle. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 'The Crater Rim' Canterbury New Zealand Pinot Noir 2012

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    a wonderful reflection of the variety, very smooth, tasty subtle & yet bold. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • It never hurts to throw around a few facts about French wine at the next ... ... ‘more elegant’ Pinot Noir.”  The list went on to highlight Alsace, the southeastern region in France colored with influences from German winemaking traditions. “It is the only region in France to predominantly name its wines according to grape variety, and it is k... Read More

    From the article Party Favors: Wine Show Offers Fun Facts About French Wine History


  • 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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