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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  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2016


    Prettty translucent garnet color. Lots of upfront red berry fruit--raspberry, strawberry, red plum. You might guess there is a fair amount of acid, here, that gives the wine a lot of liveliness. An excellent sign. An enjoyable. albeit, not, in any way, challenging wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Domaine Thevenot-le Brun & Fils Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Clos du Vignon la Cabotte 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Remoissenet Pere et Fils Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru 2016


    Presentation in the glass is medium-dark red (cherry), and indeed, cherry and strawberry notes predominate on the nose with a hint of cream. Entry coincides with expectation; mouth-feel is soft but lush with balanced and cleaning acidity. Tannins are light and very pleasant suggesting perfect integration. Cherry and other red suit flavours abo... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Elk Cove 'Willamette Valley' Pinot Noir 2016


    The Elk Cove PN presents a beautifully dark cherry robe in the glass - foreshadowing good things to come... and they do: there is a marked spicy raspberry nose overplayed with the scent of garden variety flowers (violets?). Entry shows balanced acidity, with a creamy texture that is lush and nicely extracted. A very fine wine for the price (bu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The Great Oregon Wine Co. 'Rascal' Pinot Noir 2017


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    Wine review by dabriza

  • Alain Geoffroy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [] ... ... appellation.It is 100% pinot noir from 40 year old vines and was aged in oak barrels. I started it last night with my steak supper There is some redcurrant,cranberry and raspberry style fruit with a hint of vanilla and some soft and delicate tannins just st... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Some are better than, by consensus, that is - not in any absolute sense, just ... ... as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.I am doing a test comparison of a reasonable Côte de Beaune and a North American PN of reasonably high quality.  Hence my question: where can you obtain a Flat Rock Gravity 20 Mile Bench in Old Vic - if at all?It might make... Read More

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  • Don't know if anyone saw the most recent issue of Wine Spectator - November ... had a number of others too:Pinot Noir -2015 Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Twenty Mile Bench 92 $352015 Martin's Lane Simes Vineyard 92 $80And a number from Mission Hill and Burrowing Owl. Not all wines were from the Okanagan Valley, but most of them were.I only knew a f... Read More

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  • Enrico Winery Jousting Knights NV


    This charming, light blend of Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir (majority component is the former variety, a venerable and commercially important French hybrid) is almost cherry black in the glass. The nose is vaguely reminiscent of rough Burgundy, plus a healthy dose of coffee, Welch's Grape Juice and smoke (Foch speaking here...). Entry is spare, ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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

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  • Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir 2013


    Nice clarity to this muted rusty red vino....shows many legs as well after a ... ... in character. A decent Pinot Noir....I would enjoy aga Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

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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

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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

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