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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  • Al, I am really glad you have something of a thick skin, but paying $5,000 (or ... this one Hit of almost Pinot Noir-like strawberry on the tip of the tongue.  but, then, some interesting tartness.  It's hard to describe.  I want to say lemon, but that's nor really it--and most people (i.e., I) would be turned off by any Zin that came with a "... Read More

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  • SOHO Marlborough Pinot Noir White Collection 2011

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    Any good pinot is better 5 years later so the saying goes...and this example proves it. It was was very timid at first, but with time the fruit emerged and brought with it a great spice fruit. Red berry fruit - mostly cherries and raspberry - leads the way with crisp acidity and slightly chewy tannins lead to a mouthwatering finish. Drink now - ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra 2013

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    This was really good (and cheap)!! Black cherries, currant, plenty of spice, ... if you are not drinking a pinot noir instead. Excellent with cheeses and breads. Drink now - Paul 90 poin Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Wine dinner at our house with our neighbors Rick & Debbie last night. ... ... like a sparking wine or a Pinot Noir since they are both red wine drinkers, but we all decided to give the white a try since this particular one was new to all of us.  It is quite good but we only had small glasses of it since this dinner was all about the reds.  Aft... Read More

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  • Rex Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2013

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    E had at stone creek. Best wine she ever had. Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Gran Moraine Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Had been to France a few times and had lots of wine, had a friend who was one ... ... reserva. I had a crappy Pinot Noir and a crappy Cab and something else there and imagining how they would taste with my sandwich, I realized I had developed not only taste preferences but also a taste memory.  Been working on developing that ever sinc Read More

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  • Rckr, I look forward to others' reports, but, sadly, I can't say that I ... ophthamologist who went on a Pinot Noir quest?  Who'da thunk it?) Ridge Lytton Springs 1994 -- a truly ethereal wine that we enjoyed with a Hollywood Bowl picnic in, I think, 2010, or s Read More

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  • I remember mine completely, just  like it was yesterday, all except for the producer which I think was Tyrrell, but after 40+ yrs the name has faded.  What remains vivid is the experience.  The place was in Freemantle, just outside Perth, in 1976.  Hungry for a good meal, myself and 2 friends chanced upon this spot.  It was owned by a WW2 refuge... Read More

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  • Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir Monterey 2014

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    Full fruited and bold nose with notes of zesty cherry, dark earth and red currant. Bright and floral in the mouth with violet and black cherry playing against twiggy notes of licorice and jammy blueberry with cinnamon spice on the finish. A fun, refreshing bottle of wine thats very approachable. Read More

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  • 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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