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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  • Joseph Cattin 2017

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    I have always felt that the region of Alsace was the forgotten wine region of ... ... Pinot Gris, and a bit of Pinot Noir for the reds. And more than 98% of the wines that Alsace produces is made in a dry style.And now for the big reveal! We discovered a lovely Alsatian Riesling this past week from Joseph Cattin which was worth quaffing about.... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Bostavan Dor Rose Demisec NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Alpine Vineyard 2012

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    Very murky in the glass. Kind of a forest floor nose. On the tongue life is good. Tart red fruit--cherry, mostly, but with some stone fruit. The fruit, I have to add, is not over the top--not syrupy, at all, probably due to the acid. I do get some hints of spice. It could be cinnamon or it could be clove, but "hint" is the operative word. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Edmond Cornu Ladoix Vieilles Vignes 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [www.oxfordwine.co.uk] for £20.Ladoix is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here for centuries. for red and white wines from the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. Domaine Edmond Cornu et fils is a family concern in this area. I st... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Grand Cru Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois Paul Clouet 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Fire Road Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir 2016

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    Blending a good wine with moments in the stainless and later the oak may be an ... brightness but for me with a Pinot Noir it would probably be in the wines best interest to languish in the oak Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Patine Gap's Crown 2015

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    Mouthful of fruit on this one. Typical Pinot Noir Red Cherry flavors, maybe a hint of Plum/Peach. Very good acid beats down the fruitiness a bit and makes it easy to drink. I will not confess that I am not a PN lover. While I have stated that this wine is easy to drink, I would like to see more complexity. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Patine Gap's Crown 2012

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    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Serene 'Yamhill Cuvee' Pinot Noir 2015

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    Garnet in color. Dark fruit and alcohol on the nose. Dark fruit, baking spices, ... finish. This is very good Pinot Noir limited by strong oak notes which are reduced on the second day. Give it lots of air folk Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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


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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

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  • 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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