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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  • Siduri Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2012


    Awkward.. I planned on the Keefer closing the Siduri 2012 buy..??; however the Rosella's Vineyard Siduri 2012 maybe the most elegant of the specific vintage. drinking just fine now and a great burgundy from So. Cal. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Moshin Pinot Noir Molinari 2010


    Just a great Russian River Pinot from Moshin. This is not your sister's pinot, big and ripe but really well balanced. Ripe black cherries, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. On the tongue, more black cherry, leather, a touch of smoke, high but not over the top acidity, fine grain tannin, finish is medium long. Serious QPR here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Nuits Saint Georges les Brulees Domaine Gille 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Alright, Mark!Seems at last you found, or got a glimpse at least, of the glories of Pinot Noir. Fresh red fruit, complex spice, with good medium plus acidity and nice tannin. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Estancia Pinot Noir 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by ripp4

  • Ramspeck Pinot Noir 2013


    Was very smooth. Full bodied. Read More

    Wine review by Jem95

  • My distaste for Pinot Noir is fairly well-known around here.  Last night I had my second bottle of one of these. My first experience, a year ago, was very good. I am now prepared to say that this is the finest PN I've ever experienced.  Quite light-bodied.  A hint of strawberry, with a suggestion of cinnamon--OK, it doesn't taste like cinnamon, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Ceritas Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


    Similiar to my previous comments. Lots of light coming through the wine in the glasspretty red plum color. Delicate nose, slightly flowerygeraniumslightly fruitylight strawberry. Quite light on the tongue. Slight suggestion of strawberry, but, more interestingly a flavor of, more than anything else, cinnamon. Nice acid on the rear of the to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... blend of Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, and some other things. They're actually a good winery, very ambitious, and if they had a pure Kékfrankos or Bikavér I'd go with one of those. Not sure why they don't have one of those on the list. It's sort of like having BV Napa instea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching Challenge 5: what...

  • Camus-Bruchon Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Grands Liards 2007


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £20.Savigny-les-Beaune is an appellation created in 1937 [ though there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans ] for both red and white wines [ though over 80% are red ] from the commune of that name on the Cotes-de-Beaune in Burgundy.There a... 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


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  • 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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