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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  • California

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

  • France

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

  • Napa

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

  • Gevrey Chambertin

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

  • Côte de Nuits

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Côte de Beaune

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

  • USA

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

  • New Zealand

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

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    Since its inception, the hallmark of E. & J. Gallo Winery’s founders has been their unwavering co...

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    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

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    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Estancia Estates

    Estancia’s winemakers strive to combine the best of both worlds: a state-of-the art winemaking fa...

  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Concannon Vineyard Petite Sirah Livermore Valley Conservancy 2009

    Snoothrank:

    So...trying my best to venture beyond my favorite style (pinot noir). This petite sirah from the Livermore Valley reminds me of pinot noir. Almost too silky and smooth, but difficult to ignore the beautiful black berry, spice, and apple pie notes. Very good at $13! Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • Primarius Pinot Noir Oregon 2011

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    Agreed on strawberries and a dusky but delicate wordiness. Quite bright for a domestic Pinot, but tasty. Read More

    Wine review by dutchpet


  • Cline Pinot Noir Cool Climate Sonoma Coast 2011

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    light, but good Read More

    Wine review by amboucher


  • 2012 Sierra del Mar Cental Coast Pinot Noir 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • HA!   "Old Doug"!! Even though the moniker fits ( and some ... about Opus One vs. a cheap Pinot Noir whithout getting slapped in the face??Life is goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • Van Leeuwenhoek D!He was some time in the mid 1600s, so who knows? Maybe Ben ... as enjoying a $25 bottle of Pinot Noir as much as a bottle of Opus One, I'm not sure. I do agree that Opus One has never been worth the tariff and there are better wines for considerably less, but it's not really a bad wine and sometimes I think it gets slammed a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • Greg, I know Van Leeuwenhoek observed the beasties (which he called ... say ... say except when it comes to pinot noir. He's learned, experienced and astute in so many areas but regarding the glories of what that grape can bring us he not only never got on the boat but couldn't even find the port (well maybe the one in Portugal).  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • Thanks for the understanding, DVOGLER!   Hopefully I'm not that kind ... bottle of a good Carneros Pinot Noir as from a $200. bottle of Opus One.  Whether that proves to be just a shortcoming of my own palate, matters not a whit to me.  I like what I like.   In fact - that's one of the things that prompted me to investigate wine.  Several of o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! ( and all...


  • Our courtyard is the perfect place, at least at this time of year.  It has seen many gatherings of friends and acquaintances to enjoy a little fruit and cheese, a little wine, and a lot of conversation.  What, after all, can be more important than trying to communicate with other humans -- and how better than in my courtyard and over a nice glas... Read More

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  • Chehalem Pinot Noir 3 Vineyards 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • 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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