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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Popular Regions for Pinot Noir View all

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

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  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Don Sebastiani & Sons

      To Don Sebastiani and Sons, family is clearly an important aspect of winemaking. While ...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • Jade Mountain

    History Since 1988, Jade Mountain has been a pioneer in the production of age-worthy Rhône-style ...

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2012

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    Has a buttery finish. Read More

    Wine review by billhamel


  • Mirassou Pinot Noir California 2012

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    Compelling QPR. Read More

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre


  • Hey OT - had an 18 oz steak last night with some salad and a Cab. Tonight ... ... ... like Cab or if you must, Pinot Noir.OT - the notebook was mine. Mike most certainly had an amazing recollection of and recognition of the various vineyards and wines. BTW, he said that the Myriad and the Quivet were picked on the same day.After the flight you... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Barda Pinot Noir Bodega Chacra 2012

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    Cherry. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by jfadgen


  • The Eyrie Vineyards Rose of Pinot Noir 2013 2013

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    Slightly cloudy pink color. Spice, earth and game, anise on nose. Black currant, plum and hints of banana. Occassional whiffs of neoprene. Deeper and a bit more red wine like than some roses. Interesting Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Alloro Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Hans Lang Pinot Noir Edition Maximilian 2008

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    Really didn't enjoy this wine - might want to let it sit out for awhile to let it open up as much as possible. Lot of alcohol on the nose, very acidic but fruity/bright taste, and smelled kind of funky after being opened. Wouldn't buy this wine again. This in no way compares to Pinots from California. Read More

    Wine review by laebrown


  • First off did I mention Mother Nature? She seems to have her ways of making my ... between a Mourvedre and a Pinot Noir. Fun wine.Mike Smith brought a 2012 Herman Story "On the Road" Grenache that got slipped into one of the Syrah flights. Got a big "oh that makes sense"  from the crowd on the reveal.All this while the girls were serving Capre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • "Just like that, he's gone" So are all the guests and most ... Wilde Farm Donnelley Creek Pinot Noir. Fun couple, good food, interesting conversation, great wine... But it was only just beginning. Saturday was nuts from sunup to well beyond sundown. I was balls to the wall all day setting up the back deck/patio, raking and blowing leaves in th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • "I just come across that way online. I'm really a jerk in the real world. :)  Adam Lee Siduri Wines. " Yeah, I'll vouch for that,  tried to poison me with some Virginia wine last month too. ;) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Barolo Ristorante will cellar...


  • 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


  • Michael Stephens 2008 pinot noir.Is it worth buying?

    Comment by 539349Thick Legs 539349 Thick Legs


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