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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  • Mezzacorona Pinot Noir 2013

    Snoothrank:

    its a "sweetened" pinot thus making it hard to discern the true flavor of the grape. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • LOL guys!Tonight I popped a 10yr old Copain Tous Ensemble Pinot Noir. Really an impressive showing. Bright cherry, flinty minerality, chewy tannins, beginning to show some secondary aromas and flavors. Aging very gracefully.  Good genes, a blend of Kiser and Monument Tree Vineyards. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Aloxe-Corton Domaine Daniel Senard 1987

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the website ... family. It is a blend of pinot noir from four different plots and it spent 18 months in oak barrels.I started the bottle the other evening with my steak supper and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of raspberry,cherry and strawberry style fruit there and the tannins are just strong enough to... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 2015 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir...clocks in @ $20 or less at most places. Ditto for the 2014, though there is less of it available. Seems like the genuine article, and one of the few solid domestic Pinot's at the price point. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • Fetzer Pinot Noir Chile 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Light on the nose with little fruit on the palate. Mostly just sour. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Picked up some library Copain. Have a wedding to host in the Summer and large ... for groups.3.0L 2006 Copain Pinot Noir Cerise Vyd Anderson Valley3.0L 2007 Copain Pinot. Noir "en Bas" Kiser Vyd 2 x 750ml 2007 Pinot Noir "en Bas"2 x 750ml 2010 Pinot Noir "en Bas&quo Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • GSO dropped these off on Wednesday. On Thursday I took possession of:2014 Patiné Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vyd2014 Patiné Pinot Noir Soberanes 2014 Patiné Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Read More

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  • Another maker I've never before tried.  OK, there are 1,000s of them. ... get cinnamon when they taste Pinot Noir--and, everybody knows that by that I mean California Pinot.  Well, I get it with this one, and I've had it with other PNs in the past.  A light-bodied wine (grading on the red wine curve) that is so pretty in the glass--garnet with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Wind Gap Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Very pretty garnet color with a lot of light coming through the wine in the ... ... which doesnt sound like Pinot Noir to me. Light red fruit on the tonguestrawberryand, also, a spritzy sensation on the tip of the tongue that makes me think effervescence, but there is none. Light-bodied. Fruitiness is tamped down by what I swear is a sugge... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, have to admit, like Al, the identity of my SS was on the paperwork included ... ... Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and 2009 Church & State Quintessential (red blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot).DM - not sure about the label stains but the ullage is good so assuming it is a sign of outside influenc Read More

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  • 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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