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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  • The Ojai Vineyard Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2015

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    Translucent garnet color. Translucence correctly forecasts a relatively light-bodied red wine. Tart red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Some mineral hints farther back. I want to rave about this wine, but there is nothing that jumps out at me. It's just a pleasant, easy-to-drink, uncomplicated wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Porter-Bass Vineyard 2012

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    Similar to my previous tastes. Very light-bodied red wine. Red berries on the tongue. Some acid tartness, but that is diminishing, An OK wine, but I'm just as satisfied taking it out of storage and giving that spot to another. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Deloach Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016

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    A very respectable low-dollar PN. Pretty garnet color. Red cherry on the tip of the tongue, Initial "sweetness" is ameliorated by nice, tart acid.Quite light-bodied, A touch of heat under the rear palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So on a whim we decided to visit British Columbia. But we flew up to ... ... There's also plenty of Pinot Noir, but I didn't find any that stood out. Maybe the best wines were Syrah. There seemed to be a lot of it and because the place is so dramatically sloped, with a valley floor and steep mountains to either side, you can find all kinds of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Northwest Wineries


  • Isabelle et Pierre Clement Chatenoy Menetou-Salon Tradition 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.greatwesternwines.co.uk for ... white wines made with the pinot noir and sauvignon blanc grapes respectively from 10 communes in the upper Cher valley close to the similar but more prestigious appellation of Sancerre.Domaine de Chatenoy is a well established family concern in this area. I start... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ceritas Pinot Noir Hacienda Secoya Vineyard 2012

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    Interesting wine. I see from previous notes that I had raved about this wine. This bottle, though, does not match that opinion. A very pretty bright floral nose. On the tip of the tongue, though, when I normally get fruit from just about any wine, I get no fruit, here. I get stoniness, I get savory and I get, maybe, salinity. I do get some... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saurus 'Select' Patagonia Argentina Pinot Noir 2017

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    very smooth and sublime. just like a Pinot Noir should be. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Halcon Wentzel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

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    A lot of red berry fruit on entry. Then, some very surprising, and pleasant, spiciness. Surprising, to me, tannin (for a PN). Fairly light bodied, although with an aftertaste that does linger. A very pleasant and complex wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Pommard Premier Cru les Arvelets Chateau Masson 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine de Rochebin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [www.oxfordwines.co.uk] where it was on special offer at £10.50 and I got their last bottle. Domaine de Rochebin is a family concern in the Maconnais,the southern end of the Burgundy region. My bottle is labelled under the basic Burgundy appellation.I started it last night with my steak sup... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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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...

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  • 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


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