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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  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... ... pressure.” Pinot Noir – The Drama Queen Pinot Noir has always had a reputation for being tough to grow. You can look at it wrong and it will rot. It is prone to diseases, sunburn, berry splitting, and nutrient issues. Making high quality Pinot Noir is a labor ... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities


  • Toretti 2011

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    Oh... Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs... I am a big fan of the French wines, I made it to Napa... and yet... I have a soft spot in my heart (and mouth) for the beauty of the many flavors of their Pinot Noirs. Mr. Toretti knows what he is doing too: silky, yet firm, and sophisticated, this wine will go well with almost any foods (not sure about ... Read More

    Wine review by AlineAlmeida


  • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Bourgogne 2011

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    a garden variety burgogne definitely 2X overpriced. Rather smooth, but ... better than your everyday pinot noi Read More

    Wine review by zradical


  • This has been a nice day, starting off with us sleeping in until about 0900. ... this 2008 Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir wine from the Gowan Creek Vineyard.  We paid about $80 for this wine a few years ago and yes, it is very nice.  I also started pulling stuff out of Sandra's closet in our master bathroom.  I am going to paint her closet next... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Jane's Vineyard 2013

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    Ripe cherry and cinnamon warmly reach out of the glass in this fruit forward and floral Pinot. Floral and smooth on the palate, with touches of cinnamon and clove, light red currant and cherry flavors, hints of herbs and a touch of licorice. The long finish is herbal and lightly oaked for a pleasant memory. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Italians love Champagne. They enjoy an age-old custom of beginning a meal with ... Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco and Pinot Noir. Lake Iseo provides reflected sunlight and moderates the temperature. DOC for Franciacorta was granted in 1967 and modified in 1984. DOCG status was earned in 1995. This bountiful zone in Lombardia, between Bergamo and Bre... Read More

    From the article Franciacorta is the Next Champagne


  • With a bevy of new American Viticultural Areas being approved in the past year, ... ... known as the oldest pinot Noir vineyard in North American.” Geologists would be pleased to know about the Ballard Canyon AVA, which lies “in front of the most significant transverse mountain range that runs from Alaska to Patagonia.” The significance of thi... Read More

    From the article Forbes Talks American AVA's: Five Interesting Factors


  • Winter's Hill Dry Rose Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon 2014

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    Light, bright and cheery, this wine has inviting candied cherries and quince paste aromas. In the mouth it's full yet juicy and fresh, with maraschino cherry and strawberry flavors, a splash of tangerine and a touch of lemon acidity to brighten up the palate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Fox, I've been meaning to try some "Yugoslavian" wine myself, I ... ... love to try some of that Pinot Noir they ha Read More

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  • The craft-made bandwagon in South Africa has plenty of room. The ... of a recent craft Pinot Noir he tasted.  “True, the label paper had been imported from Italy. The labels had been produced on an old letterpress printer, after which the paper had been hand-cut and applied by hand,” Fridjhon wrote. “My problem was that I had come to taste wine... Read More

    From the article South African Craft Wine Movement More Talk Than Taste?


  • 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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