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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  • All right. You have found friends, here.  I am a California wine bigot and ... ... am not that crazy about Pinot Noir.  There are people who think Pinot Noir is the most transcendent wine ever made.  I don't hate Pinot Noir, I just don't get it.  So, I continue to try different ones, and, I have to say, I have found some that are pretty good--... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hoping to get more exposure to different opinions on wine and did pairings Read More

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  • Miura Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard 2009

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Conte Priola Delle Venezie Pinot Noir 2008

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    Wine review by alicatinthehat


  • The effects of global warming have already caught the attention of the ... are ... ... are starting to plant Pinot Noir in some of the country's higher elevations, soaking up the daytime sunshine but taking advantage of the cool mountain nights.  Yet this sense of innovation is tempered by a desire to produce quality wines with staying power.... Read More

    From the article Warmer Climate Not a Bad Omen for Swiss Winemakers


  • No way that Chard was over-oaked. Ceritas is very judicious with their oak and ... Rivers-Marie Silver Eagle Pinot Noir. Gamey, funky nose, almost bretty, but extremely intoxicating. Good dark fruit presence, pine needle and orange peel. Great mouth coating texture finishing with tart red fruit. Savored this bottle for about 5 hours. Followed ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • EM - that my friend is a 1955 Corvette.  Wouldn't it be nice to own ... ... I suppose.OT - We love Pinot Noir, as you know.  I don't understand the 'gamey' reference in describing a wine though.  I consider 'gamey' a negative thing, at least with regard to meat.  I would like to try that wine.  And those pork chops look most excellent.   &nbs Read More

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  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Los Alturas Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Wine review by Liandra160


  • Meomi Pinot Noir 2013

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    Picked this up for about $15.00 in search of an affordable Pinot Noir for every day use. Sweet, jammy, thick and not particularly appealing. Read More

    Wine review by whiteyhp


  • La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir 2013

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    Warm and light on its feet, this opens with baking spice and ripe cherry aromas, cinnamon and some black pepper spice to complement the fruit. In the mouth, it's creamy and silky, with elegant dark cherry fruit around the edges of a round fullness showing some cocoa and licorice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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...

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  • 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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