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...

  • Napa

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

  • Sonoma County

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

  • Côte de Nuits

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

  • USA

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

  • France

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

  • Gevrey Chambertin

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

  • Côte de Beaune

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

  • New Zealand

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

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      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

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    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Rex Goliath

    At age 70, I have had at least 50 yrs. of a glass of wine after my evening meals. Just recently,...

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    Inspired by the scenic roads that wander through California’s stunning wine country, Rafael Jofre...

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    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

  • Joseph Carr

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes 2006

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... for red wines only made of pinot noir from the commune of the same name and the neighbouring commune of Brochon on the Cotes de Nuit in Burgundy. There are 9 Grand Cru vineyards and 26 Premier Cru although most of Alain Burguet's 8 hectare domaine is of village level. The 'Mes Favorites ' ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I had a steak last night so I started a Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vielles ... ... by Alain Burguet.  Pinot Noir at its best  I shall finish it this eveni Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Czarina, when I started drinking zin back in the '70s, it only had 12~12.5% ... ... I have no interest in a pinot noir that is fruitforward and lacking tannins; both need to be in balance). The key is thus the winemaker. Ridge is a good place to start, but there are others in Sonoma up towards Mendocino, as well. You may have to up your budget... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • So, I finally re-introduced myself to Zinfandel.  I bought a half bottle ... low tannic varietals like Pinot Noir, Cru Beaujolais and a couple of Chianti Classico Riservas like Monsant Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Zinfandel Report


  • A P Vin Rosella S Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Primarius Winery Pinot Noir 2011

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    Very drinkable Read More

    Wine review by mcwine3


  • The Calling Pinot Noir Dutton Ranch 2012

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    Sweeter than I typically find in a Pinot. Light, peppery, 14 alc. Read More

    Wine review by fifinono


  • Emark - I think you're right.Really?  Wow.  I'm going to ... ... ... in the above with "Pinot Noir."  I am of the opinion that since "Sideways" most of the maginal players have left the Merlot arena (and, I'm pretty sure, moved to PN in the rush to mediocrity).  The remaining ones (who for the most part are respected makers of multiple wines)... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir Meiomi California 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by cmok


  • Nice segue from Baja California to British Columbia, OT!  Probably the ... me right now are a Bulgarian pinot noir (!),  or a Chilean carmanere which I know to be crap. Perhaps I'll punt and head out to the local festival and lots of sake and shochu...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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