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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  • NYX Red Wine Santa Barbara County 2014

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    Another Tasting Room quarterly selection. Very similar to the Thornhill Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Very dark opaque purple plum in the glass. Opens with Fig and Red Plum; a bit of Vanilla and Black Tea; then Red Cherry, Tobacco and Smoke.These carry over to the palate with a bit of a kick in the mouth with medium Tannins and Acidity. Ope... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Thornhill Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2013

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale translucent ruby red in the glass. Opens with nearly ripe Strawberry and Cherry; then Red Plum and Fig; then Baking Spices and Slate. Most of these carry over to the palate with more minerality, leather, and herbs as it opens more. Medium mouth feel, with a medium finish. A bit of alcohol, but smooths out... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Raptor Ridge Estate Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2012

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    Big bright sweet ripe cherries bursting through the nose with a touch of red licorice and floral notes of cherry blossom. Round and juicy on the palate and full of warm spice, this has a bit of a cooked jammy quality which is very pleasant and coats the mouth well, lingering for quite a while and continuing to impart creamy vanilla notes with br... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • EM - So how did that Pinot Noir pair with the grilled mushroom and sandwich?  I like about 1/2 of the Pinot Noir I try, so I'm getting a bit spoiled now.  Last night we rode the Metro into the district to see a wonderful performance by none other than Captain Kirk (William Shatner)!  He did a one-man show at the Warner Theater (Shatner's World, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Carmenere Carmenere great value hard to sell, the Mondavi is a standard the Cab ... price and I do well with the Pinot Noir. Kendall Jackson is another one, very popular, and that Chardonnay is always on poi Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Evolution 19th Edition

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    Sokol Blosser is known for its Dundee OR Pinot Noir, but the blends are fantastic values. This white has a panoply of white varieties such as Muller-Thurgau, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and a host of others. The flavour tends to pear, peach and lychee - possibly suggestive of a goodly portion of Gewurztraminer. Fun stuff and good value. 87 po... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Alesia Rhys Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2011

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    Slightly murky maroon color. Something of a microbial noseyogurtwith, maybe, some herbaceousness. Very light hit of strawberry on the tip of the tongue. Fairly light bodied. Negligible tannin. Very light acid. Interesting sensation at the back of the palatemelon, as much as anything. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition 2013

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    Had this at Marcello's Chophouse for lunch yesterday. Initially fruit forward and still young, Opens with ripe Red Cherries then tamps down with interesting minerality and soil. Quite pleasant as it opens in the Glass. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2013

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    Delicate violet and ripe black cherry aromas are bold and fresh on the nose. This is focussed and tight in the mouth, with cherry notes that open up well providing nice acidity and precise balance from the structure here. A nice range of flavors here with cherry, cocoa and violet mingling with some licorice and vanilla on the finish.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir 2013

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    This was an easy drinking well balanced wine. A bit bright but not tanic. Raspberries are coming forward nicely. Enough depth to impress. Price point was awesome. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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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