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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  • Mirassou Winery Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Floral and sweet-smelling aromas of ripe cherry and mixed berry on the nose. More ripe cherry on the palate with a nicely tart acidity giving a note of sweetened dried cranberries coming through and a spicy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Louis Latour Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Nior France 2013

    Snoothrank:

    a very bold and pleasant vibrant pinot noir. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... ... made from free-run (Swiss) pinot noir juice. Color was similar, though flavor was different. Don't think I've had a rose made from pinot gris in Alsace, though I don't know why I haven't hunted one down before.Here's a bottle of oeil de perdrix:And here's a bottle... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • I explored this topic for a recent piece, finding some interesting results. Your thoughts?http://undiscovereditaly.us/pinot-grigio-good/ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • Don't know Dmucker.Tonight we let someone else cook for us. Went to a locsl ... ... Marie Occidental Ridge Pinot Noir which unfortunately was horribly corked.They had. '13 Radio Couteau Pinot on the wine list so I ordered that. They were all out so they suggested a '13 La Pitchoune Holder Vnyd Pinot that was OK but kind of pedestrian. Had to c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Yes, I agree with you RC.  'Good Enough' is a common statement for ... ... like that Domain Serine Pinot Noir a week ago Wednesday.  Last night didn't include wine but we were fine.  We drove into the district for another show at the Woolly Mammoth theater (Mike Daisey - The Trump Card; not listed in their shows as it was a one-time special ev... Read More

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


  • J. Meyer Rheinhessen Germany Spatburgunder 2014

    Snoothrank:

    A lighter pinot noir indeed! a very interesting change in flavor but pleasant and fresh and wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • David Stone Pinot Noir California NV

    Snoothrank:

    Great wine, especially for the price. I've certainly had more expensive wines that were nowhere NEAR as delciious & smooth! Read More

    Wine review by MMartinez


  • Penner-Ash makes some pretty good Pinot Noir, though not my favorite in the Willamette Valley.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Much like the Hahn this offered rich fruit - dark cherry but more red berry fruit, soft and elegant with spice, earth and cocao. This finish was lingering and mouthwatering. No wonder this was WS Top 100 for only $13. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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