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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Popular Regions for Pinot Noir View all

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • Gevrey Chambertin

      Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits, the northern section of the Co...

  • New Zealand

    The history of New Zealand wine-making dates back to the 1800s when settlers planted vines and ...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Côte de Nuits

      The Cote des Nuits is the northern section of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. Most of its Grands Cru...

Popular Wineries using Pinot Noir

  • Joseph Carr

    Joseph Carr wines are produced at Larson Family Vineyards in Carneros, bordering both Napa and So...

  • T-Vine Cellars

    We are a very small winery located off the beaten path in Calistoga, behind the owner - winemaker...

  • John Anthony Vineyards

    In 1997 John Anthony Truchard began leasing and managing vineyard property with the idea of one d...

  • William Hill Winery

    William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley w...

  • Hagen Heights Vineyards

    As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and w...

  • Scarecrow

    T H E S C A R E C R O W S T O R Y The Scarecrow story begins in a patch of earth with a fabled p...

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Pinot Noir on Snooth

  • One nursery in New Zealand is trying to make the grape harvest a little easier ... says one winemaker harvested Pinot Noir after only two years.  The vines are created according to the country's grafted grapevine standards.  “We feel that tall vines are the answer, not just for individual replacement plants, but with large development blocks o... Read More

    From the article Kiwi Nursery Sees Spike In Tall Orders


  • Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Full and richly complex aromas of black cherry and chocolate, toast, oak and vanilla and a bit of tar. Flavors are smooth, with round tannins, cinnamon, baking spice and cedar box, leather, tobacco and beautiful black cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with ... ... of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Northward, in the Willamette Valley, Bergström Wines saw their yields increase from two to 2.5 tons. East of the Willamette Valley, in the Columbia Gorge AVA, higher yields also flourished in spite of early spring rain that delayed... Read More

    From the article Vintage Scoop: Oregon in 2014


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... ... Kékoportó, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. And there's a crazy guy there who is also growing Sagrantino and some Italian grapes, some of which I got to taste a few weeks ago.Until the 20th century, it was pretty rare to do monovarietal wines in most places - that's something that the Americ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Not much grown in CA - it's a grape that does well in slightly cooler areas ... too many people think that Pinot Noir is the only grape worth considering when you get to that category. I think that's mostly because of marketing and because people just don't taste very many grapes other than the top ten.In any case, the literal translation is Bl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • Acacia Pinot Noir Carneros 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mnotani


  • Siduri Wines Pinot Noir Sonatera Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Pretty nice Sonoma coast Pinot from Siduri. Floral and spicy nose with bright red and black cherries, some more spice, decent acidity and a medium finish but it seems to fall a little short at the end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Last night: This is an excellent example of why anybody who likes Bordeaux ... ... one is a brute. Pinot Noir lovers stay away.  While there is some black fruit detectable on the tip of the tongue, it is swept away by bone dry, very close to bitter, tobacco or dark chocolate flavors.  I think this one would pair best with your most robust roas... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir 2012

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    As promised. Dried Cranberries, Wild Cherries and Vanilla. Great job Sea Smoke 2012. Thanks Bob, Sea Smoke, Jordan and Anthony @ Barolo Ristorante. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Sea Smoke 2012

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    Santa Rita Hills best 2012. Thanks Sea Smoke and Bob Hudon of Stacole Wines.Dried Cranberry, wild cherries and Vanilla. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • 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


  • Michael Stephens 2008 pinot noir.Is it worth buying?

    Comment by 539349Thick Legs 539349 Thick Legs


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