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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  • Tavridia Pinot Noir Crimea 2017

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    Fasten your seatbelt - it's a semi-sweet Pinot Noir! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Domaine Metrat et Fils Fleurie ' la Roilette' 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. Some beleive that Fleurie gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the small family concern of Domaine Metrat who have a holding in the 'La Roilette'vineyard [named after a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Rodney Strong Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

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    Spicy cinnamon and vanilla bean aromas with chocolate cherry and mineral earth. Loads of dark berry flavors with cherry, fizzy cola and fresh spice - berry approachable and pleasant with a creamy texture to the finish and assertive but gentle tannins. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition El Triángulo Pinot Noir 93js 2012

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    There is a lot going on here: smoky, charred notes intermingle with ripe cherries, plums and sweet spices. Strawberry, blackberry and gooseberry flavours with a silky texture and tannins that feel tight, adding grip and persistence. Read More

    Wine review by Braxxy


  • Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition El Triángulo Pinot Noir 93js 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Braxxy


  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, ... I ... I think they grow their own Pinot Noir, Cab, etc. But they're not going to sell to the people who buy Napa Cab or Sonoma Syrah, much less Bordeaux or Barolo - they're suggesting the wines be used in spritzers, mixers, etc. And they add fruit flavors and juices. I... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for some reason...


  • Folk Machine the Small Hours Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by emyll


  • Discovery Point Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014

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    Candied cherry and floral berry aromas with a note of cola. Easy drinking and juicy on the palate, initially full fruited with cherry, blueberry and cranberry, this shows a bit more acidity and earth on the mid palate that develops into a finish of tart red fruit and pleasant loamy, dusty earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • This past spring I took my very first wine trip to Germany. Before I took off, ... other grape varieties like pinot noir (spätburgunder), pinot blanc (weissburgunder) and pinto gris (grauburgunder) also do particularly well.The angles of the hills in the Nahe are a bit less extreme and the altitudes a bit lower than the Mosel. But what makes i... Read More

    From the article The Many Sides of German Wine


  • RC, you were not kidding then about collecting the 2014 vintage Bordeaux wine. ... something lighter, like a Pinot Noir.  This 2016 Valpolicella was about $32, and it tasted fine.  We like dining here.On a sad note, we had to put down one of our three inside cats on this day.  Ella has been fighting some internal issues for several years, and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • 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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