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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  • A nice cab from Napa Valley?  Yes.  I haven't tried that one ... ... ... though; I usually grab a Pinot Noir with lamb.  What do you drink with pork?&nbs Read More

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  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Somewhat flowery nose. Red fruit on entrycherry, strawberry. While not syrupy, there is more fruitiness than I normally like. A pleasant wine. Fairly light-bodied, but not revelatory. Could use a bit of acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Al - Most everybody goes to Marlborough but I was in Central Otago during ... ... and it is beautiful - their pinot noir selection is very good.  Also, Hawkes Bay with it's gravelly, stoney southern Rhone soil is a must, some good wines are hitting the States from there also.You are correct on the price point (+/-) for the Tikal Malbec/Syrah b... Read More

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  • Hahn Estate Slh Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2015

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    Spiced heat and mixed berry aromas with a tart red fruit note and fresh earth on the nose. Berry, cherry and vanilla bean on the palate, somewhat tart with resinous pine and smoky root flavors and a long finish of plum and tart cranberry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Estancia Pinot Noir Monterey County 2016

    Snoothrank:

    A bit weighted for a pinot, but it might be more reflective of the region. Received as a gift but the price point might be more than I would pay for it. Decent staying power in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Pierre Boisson Auxey Duresses Premier Cru Red 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • These arrived with the Aussie wines after the wines in the above post:The ... ... '14 Benchbreak Vineyards Pinot Noi Read More

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  • Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015

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    Jammy and unbalanced. Developed some spice on the second day but never became an enjoyable glass. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Al, personally, I would not dispute anybody's choice of a Pinot Noir to enjoy with Indian cuisine.  That being case, and not getting all wrapped around the axle about specifics of ingredients, the easy-peasy "go to" pairing with Indiian is, generally, Riesling or Gewurztraminer.I agree, that the above is a pretty broad generalization.  So, I res... Read More

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  • Le Fouleur Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from www.cadmanfinewines.co.uk.It is from the general Burgundy appellation made by the small but well established family concern of Dufouleur Freres using grapes sourced from five seperate parcels I started my bottle last night with my steak supper.There is plenty of a strawberry,raspberry and cranberry style... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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