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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  • Dalrymple Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    rich fruitness, with mainly cherries Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot 2013

    Snoothrank:

    honey, grass, and sweet spices, red currants; long fruity finish Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • $50-60+range: Chappellet Signature and Smith-Madrone out of Napa.Also 2nd the ... the ... look to Oregon for Pinot Noir and maybe some Chard. I'm a fan of Cameron, Amalie Robert (Estate or Amalie's Cuvée). There are French producers there as well like Drouhin, Jadot (via the Resonance label), and Evening Land has French connections, look for ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... 2005 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $99.99 Kosta Browne 2005 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  1 in stock  |  $119.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $89.99 Kosta Browne 2006 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  |  2 in sto... Read More

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  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is ... ... Cabernet Based Wines3 Best Pinot Noirs3 Best Chardonnays3 Best othersIf you can let me know USD price you would expect to pay locally as a guide and if the wine has some worthwhile older vintages throw in for good measureKeep price to under USD100 unless you rea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • I recently had the chance to speak with Craig McAllister, La Crema ... ... California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More recently La Crema has helped bring Monterey front and center. Craig calls the area a “sleeping giant” with overwhelming potential. Plans to build out La Crema’s Monterey portfolio are in the works. The label's first Monterey ro... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: La Crema's Craig McAllister


  • I know exactly what you mean about not being able to slow down too much as the ... top of our list.  With Pinot Noir in Oregon, Soter was our favorite - that's why we joined their wine club.&nbs Read More

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  • Stemmari Pinot Noir 2014

    Snoothrank:

    Interesting wine in that the color is dark ruby tinged with a bit of purple and the nose is dark fruit and dark cherries; but the palate is classic Italian with light fruit and high acidity with little residual sugar. It is a simple wine that would be best served with chicken, pork or pasta instead of served alone as a appetizer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Myriad Dr Crane release opened today. Grabbed 2 Dr Cranes and 1 Elysian. Alesia ... want mags of Chardonnay or Pinot Noi Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Belle Glos Pinot Noir California Meiomi 2010

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    Smooth and deep fruit flavors describes this Cali Pinot. Resembles the Oregon Willamette Valley organic brands I love. Easy sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • 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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