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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  • Brengman Brothers Pinot Noir Artist Series 2012

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    Fairly weak pinot noir Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Sangiacomo Vineyards Bonneau Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012

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    Tart berry flavored and light. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Last night a big rainstorm was predicted to roll in.  This it did, but we ... we ... Duckhorn Goldeneye Pinot Noir (Ten Degrees), probably our best pinot in our cellar at this time.  This was a wonderful pinot and although we didn't decant it, the wine needed a few minutes to breathe.  Our meal consisted of shared salads to start, along with ... Read More

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  • When he started Kendall-Jackson Winery thirty-two years ago, Jess Jackson's ... are also are working on a Pinot Noir that will carry the new Petaluma Gap appellation on the bottle. Petaluma Gap is not an AVA yet, Randy says, but it will be soon. Keep your eyes on the bottle.What are your favorite dependable wines? Which producers can you count ... Read More

    From the article Wine That Says "Count On Me"


  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an event filled with terrific wine and food from ... Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir ($35)The Pinot Noir for this wine came from three vineyards, including the Estate Ranch. Gentle wisps of violet, toast and red fruit emerge from the nose. Mushroom, tobacco, bay leaf and red cherry flavors fill the substan... Read More

    From the article Put These Sonoma Wines on Your Radar


  • Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    dark garnet red, yet clear. nose of cherry and plums. complex palate of chocolate and spices Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Maison Coquard Saint-Amour 2011

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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.My bottle comes from the Maison Coquard negociant business.I started it last night with my meat pie.There is some blackcurrant and plum style fruit there and the tannins are soft almost to the point o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... 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 Georges Duboeuf, which is probably the largest and best known negociant ho... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Noticing a possible trend with Somm Select and Whole Foods wine selections. ... both carry that Alsactian Pinot Noir I had recently and they both carry this Nervi. Thinking they must be using a common distributor?&nbs Read More

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  • Matua Valley Pinot Noir 2011

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    All I can say is value. This is wine is not too citrusy but has just enough acidity to mix and match with most shell fish or earthy foods. Great sipping wine too! 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...

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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

    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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