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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  • Domaine Paul Blanck & Fils Pinot Noir 2011

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... In short this is a lovely pinot noir that would pair with many foods Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Spoiled Dog Winery Pinot Noir 2015

    Snoothrank:

    Spoiled Dog Winery in Langley, WA (Whidbey Island) produces PN from McMinnville OR, and the result is a lush strawberry confit and sweet cherry nose, with a deep red robe. The entry is very satisfying, with a vanilla tinged strawberry, vanilla and finish of carrot tops. This is a surprising find and worth the extra money since a Bourgogne Rouge... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Santenay Premier Cru Vaucher Pere et Fils 1986

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.cellartrade.co.uk for ... ... most are red] made of pinot noir and chardonnay respectively in the communes of Santenay and Remigny at the southern end of the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy.There are no Grand Cru vineyards but 12 Premier Cru.My bottles are from a negociant house in this area.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • A commune in the Cote d’Or, ten kilometers from Beaune, lies ... a small percentage of Pinot Noir is produced here, it’s hallowed for Chardonnay.This is a place where terroir reigns supreme. Complex soils weave together like a tapestry, with limestone, especially on the slopes, playing a leading role. The climate is continental - warm, dry summ... Read More

    From the article The Greatest White Wines In The World


  • The 2015 Pecchenino Dolchetto X 2, the 2015 Capanna Rosso di Montalcino, the ... ... the 2016 Ojai Ben Nacido Pinot Noir and 2013 Heitz Cellars Ink Grade Vineyard Zinfandel.And these final 3 International Wines - the 2012 Muga Selecion Especial, the 2015 Querciabella Chianti Classico and lastly the 2016 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet/Shira Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Yes, I too can appreciate most wines... even those (if vinified properly and ... northern countries.I love Pinot Noir of all styles - but just have a moderate preference for a little acid, more strawberry and less jam.  But don't get me wrong: there are very fine Pinot Noirs from California and especially Washington State and Oregon.  I find, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good pinot noir in the $30...


  • I am blessed with a broad palate, I suppose. I can enjoy the fruity Cali pinot (within limits) as well as the more restrained examples that come from Oregon etc. Most of what comes from Burgundy is out of my budget with the exception of beaujolais. I do believe there are some more restrained wines made in California. Perhaps Rhy or Merry Edwards... Read More

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  • Lost another 300 discussion counts.  More punishment? Read More

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  • I must buy another "premium" California PN to refresh my memory, but I have found that those tastings seemed to suggest wines a bit too dense for my taste, having been weaned on Burg.  Many examples from Cali (except some of those in the coolest regions, weather-wise, maybe like the Santa Lucia Highlands example you taste here) seem like Pommard... Read More

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner NV

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    As the Thanksgiving Day grocery store madness grows closer, who has time to ... ... Fleurie ($20 a bottle).Pinot Noir is one excellent choice to help you celebrate the holiday! Pinot Noir is normally a lighter style red wine, like the Beaujolais, but with a little more tannin and structure. Its not bitter by all means. It has wonderful flavor... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


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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


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