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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  • Mark West Pinot Noir Carneros 2013

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    Haven't tried this several years, but it is always good to try again, especially one that is as popular as this is. At the time I remember thinking it was to smokey...still do. Decent fruit and body. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • THIS IS indeed an old thread...but it is a VALUABLE thread.....I pulled it up ... ... with me!I must add that Pinot Noir really pairs well with salmon...will send in the Salmon recipe I used with my P Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seafood and Red Wine


  • There are so many really cheap good wines around!I must let you all know, that ... FAMILY WINES, at least the Pinot Noir, mainly! Once again, may I add......that I have had many opportunities to taste quite a few of the GREATS from Bordeaux....only to be disappointed....In my humble opinion, too many of them will need to be in that bottle for ... Read More

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  • Domaine Vincent Bouzerau Corton Clos des Fiètres Grand Cru 2002

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    grassy, earthy, herby nose; sweet yet savoury, with some toasted spices. good! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • DV's got it right with that hole comment. Not prime winery country. Cross ... a bit south to wine country (pinot noir and chardonnay top the list), or head way upriver to the east for other varietals. Vancouver WA is a town in search of a soul, and it's most favorable descriptor might be 'bedroom community'. Have had family and friends live an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vancouver, WA


  • André Morey les Marcelines Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire Aoc 1973

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    rich fruit and soy flavors, slightly savoury Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Henri Feletig 1988

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    flowery rosy nose; oaked and spiced body with berry undertones. enjoyable! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Domaine Jaboulet-Vercherre Volnay Caillerets Premier Cru 1955

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    it has a refined nose of blackcurrants and olives, and flavours of berries, cherrries, and soy. lasted very very long! honoured to have a chance of trying this very old wine! great wine! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Bachelet Monnot Maranges Premier Cru Clos de la Boutiere 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Darkhorse Pinot Noir 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by jd98


  • 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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