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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  • Is there a good rule of thumb for how long to lay down a Pinot Noir from California?  Is it different from a Pinot Noir out of Oregon?You can't really generalize like that Al - CA is absolutely huge and Oregon is big as well and mostly unexplored. So there's a small region in Oregon where they grow most of the PN you'll find, but that's not the ... Read More

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  • J.w. Morris Pinot Noir 2013

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    For a $10 mag this is pretty good, doesn't really taste like much but there's no negative qualities either, finish is smooth Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by orangegroves


  • Thanks for the comments regarding the aging of Pinot Noir from the west coast.  So in reality I won't be going longer than 10 years anyway (no wine seems to last that long in our wine cellar) but perhaps I should seek tasting notes for the ones we have now and look for expert recommendations.Tonight we're not celebrating anything.  We did pay a ... Read More

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  • Thanks EM.  Yes, Sandra reminds me every year of my sharing Mozart's ... save it for only the special Pinot Noir bottle Read More

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  • Is there a good rule of thumb for how long to lay down a Pinot Noir from California?  Is it different from a Pinot Noir out of Oregon? Read More

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  • Very special day today.  Yep, it's my 56th birthday, and it marks ... ... ... out to be a 2012 Texture Pinot Noir that we obtained through our wine club membership with Repris.  This wine is made by the same wine maker (Erick Bradley) that has blended many wines for Repris (possibly others too).  So how does it taste?  We love it.  The wine is... Read More

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  • I did all new producers this year.Random Wine Co 6 packEMH Black Cat  3 ... 3L's of Sauv Blanc and Pinot NoirWanted soo much more but budget constraints forced my han Read More

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  • Siduri $60 3pack3 Great 2012 Single-Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noirs for $60!   For the last 2 decades, we’ve produced Pinot Noir from the Chehalem Mountains region of the Willamette Valley. In those 20 years, we’ve never had a vintage where the overall fruit quality was as high as it was in 2012 (by the way, that doesn’t mean that the fr... Read More

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  • Jeez, guys, what's with this infanticide religion for pinot noir, or anything else? Did a vertical of Chalone last year that was '80 thru '84, all reserve. Ex-winery, flown over then stored very well, passively, in a cellar in Tokyo.Ambrosia.And that was back when *nobody* was making good pinot in CA and it wasn't even a glint in an OR parent's ... 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...

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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

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  • 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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