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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  • Geantet-Pansiot Cote de Nuits Villages 2016

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    Dark, brooding - almost claret-red in the glass, this wine has a wonderful ... ... shows why some of us love Pinot Noir. 9 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Rodney Strong 'Rrv' Pinot Noir 2016

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    Overly fruity and sweet. This wine is an example of why Pinot Noir didnt find a home in my basket for many years. Complete plonk. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2016

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    Dark ruby in color. Black fruited on the nose. Medium bodied. Pop and pour this wine is quite fruity bordering on sweet. With some air it balances out and paired well with food. Nice wine, just dont expect anything elegant. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey County 2017

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    Coloration is fairly brilliant cherry/cranberry, looks to be quite clear, with ... the definition of a fresher Pinot Noir. Great stuf Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

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    Bright ruby red in color. Quite fruity and a bit alcoholic on the nose. Sour cherries on the palate with a medium finish. I though it was a bit simple pop and pour but developed nicely with some air showing it quality. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Dried cherry on the nose.Medium bodied.Raspberry and ripe cherries with a long ish finish.Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Foxen Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2013

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    Translucent ruby red. Leathery nose. Medium light bodied. Dried cherries with a touch of effervescence with a soft drying finish. This is great wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ambo Rosa Pinot Noir Rosé Provincia di Pavia IGT 2018

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Mazilly Pere et Fils Vieilles Vignes Gevrey Chambertin 2004

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk for ... red ... ... red wines made of the pinot noir grape from the commune of that name and the neighbouring commune of Brochon on the Cotes de Nuits in Burgundy. There are 9 Grand Cru and 26 Premier Cru vineyards although my bottle is from one at village level. I started the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Flying Goat Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2013

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    Murky, almost prune color in the glass. Tangy nose of stone fruit. Initial taste is of slightly over ripe stone fruit or, maybe, over ripe table grapes. Fairly full-bodied. Seems hot. Has a definite acidic spritz. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Just bought a bottle of Benson Ferry Pinot Noir wine, however no date. How come?

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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


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