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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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Rodney Strong Vineyards Pinot Noir Rose Russian River Valley 2017

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    Warm spice and cherry aromas with a touch of watermelon and strawberry. Nicely fruity on the palate, smooth and generous with pleasant spice and notes of cherry and strawberry, finishing clean and light with a flaky pastry creaminess. Easy to like.. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Leyda Pinot Noir Rose Valle de Leyda 2017

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    Mellow and aromatic with cherry and earthy strawberry aromas, mineral notes and a bit of red apple. Lots of tart sour cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, zesty acidity, smoky mineral earth and an herbal note that finishes a bit raw and rough. Nice depth, very tart. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Weingut Loimer Brut Rose Niederosterreich

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    Tart, smoky cranberry and earthy tar notes, some spice, mixed berry and a bit of melon on the nose. Notes continue to the palate with thick tar and zesty acidity, a bit of cherry and a tart grapefruit and mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Finca Wolffer Rose 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by lpearle


  • Quiet Mutiny Venus Rising 2017 Pinot Noir 2017

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    Wine review by VineyardPaul


  • Quiet Mutiny Charlotte's Elusion 2017 Riesling 2017

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    Wine review by VineyardPaul


  • Chateau St Jean Pinot Noir California 2016

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    Traditional lighter pinot. Well balanced. Easy drinking and smooth. I prefer a pinot with more character, but for the region, this was good. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Clean Slate Pinot Noir Rose Nahe 2017

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    Clean and light notes of strawberry and pink grapefruit on the nose. Very expressive palate of juicy citrus fruit - grapefruit and lemon with some cherry and strawberry notes with a lightly floral halo. Lots of buoyant acidity, fresh melon and a finish with a bit of apple and a touch of creaminess. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard 2012

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    More-red-than-blue purple color. A tad murky. Tart nose. Very much tart cherry on the tongue. Some stoniness or other kind of minerality. A bit of spritziness, especially, on the tip of the tongue, may be do to acidity. A refreshing, medium-bodied (light-bodied for a red) wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Chateau Rives-Blanques Vintage Rose Brut Cremant de Limoux 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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