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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  • Max, you are new here, and are probably not fully aware of the circumstances ... ... enjoy wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.  Jon Derry, on the other hand, is equally well-known for being passionate about red Burgundy, which is, of course, made from Pinot Noir grapes.Jon and I live relatiively close to each other and have met a few times.  We... Read More

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  • Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Oregon 2014

    Snoothrank:

    As usual, light bodied - but this fleshes out a little more with time. Plenty red berry fruit, bing cherry and a little tartness, spice, a little earthiness with light tannins and good acidity. Drink now - Paul - 87 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • RC - Good to hear that you made it through the process.  Looking forward ... ...  I know you love Pinot Noir, but that's a lot.  I've never ordered more than a case of any particular bottle.  Maybe I'll change but I still like the variety of different blends, different years, different wineries, etc.And now for your moment of zen.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... wines. Yes, I did enjoy the Pinot Noir-based Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine... Read More

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  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR Cucina. My first time there, and seemed to be a perfect fit, casual and somewhat lively atmosphere, and good italian food ranging from salads, (not so heavy) pizza's, pasta's, and risotto. My wife and I tasted from all categories except the pasta, and all were very good.We... Read More

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  • Rodney Strong Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Pleasant watermelon and cherry aromas are quite juicy and inviting. This has a fresh tingling acidity and a zesty spice on the palate, playful and clean with excellent fruit notes of cranberry, cherry and strawberry leading up to a bit of an earthy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thanks RC.  We're still recovering from all that wine.  The food ... from Delaware really love Pinot Noir from California.  We did like them but I would not buy that much of any varietal. &nbs Read More

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  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose Pfalz 2016

    Snoothrank:

    Light watermelon and raspberry aromas are restrained and pleasant. This has a touch of effervescence on the palate, bold cranberry and cherry fruit and a sharp finish of minerality and depth. Refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sandra and I were invited to attend a special wine tasting event in Washington ... ... with an emphasis on Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals.  It wasn't cheap mind you as you could select as much as you wished to consume.  There were horderves and water available too, in case you drank too much.  We elected to have a small bite to e... Read More

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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Coteaux Bourguignons les Deux Loups Red 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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