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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  • Ancillary Cellars Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard 2016

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    Red plum fruit on the tip ot the tongue, Some spice--suggestive of clove--mid-palate. Nice acid tartness. Medium-bodied, although, fuller than many other PNs, these days. Pleasant, mid-length aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Impera Dolmi Kounice Dva Duby 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Walthamstow ... is ... is thought to be related to pinot noir and is popular in Austria and the Czech Republic where it is a native grape. Blaufrankisch is another grape native to eastern Europe.The wine spent time in oak barrels.I started the bottle last night with my pasta supper.It is qui... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2013

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    Very pleasant wine. On opening, there is a definite sulfur funk, but, happily, that blows off quickly. On the tongue there is very attractive tart cherry flavor. Very nice, refreshing acidic spritz. Some suggestions of baking spices, Medium-bodied--appropriate for a PN Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Oak Bay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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    Pours a muddled purple/cranberry color....quite unlike anything I've seen with ... a medium bodied version of a Pinot Noir and probably the richest version that I have ever had a chance to enjoy.....must be a Northern thin Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Rathjen Cellars Rose 2018

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    The Rathjen Rose is a beautiful dark pink in the glass (I use a champagne flute for the purpose), and evokes smoky, sour cranberry on the nose. Entry is clean, acidic (mouth-puckering) with more cranberry, citrus, sour gooseberry and hint of smoke. Like spring water with cranberry juice (unsweetened). Good with Chinese food. 86. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sorbief Cremant du Jura Grande Reserve Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rathjen Cellars Pinot Noir Saison Vineyard 2017

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    Rathjen Cellars has produced another quaffable Pinot Noir from the 2017 Vintage - a rather cool harvest year. The wine is slightly lighter in colour, with vegetative and strawberry notes on the nose. Celery and carrot stalk are fairly prominent. The entry is acidic, with sour strawberry and celery on the palate throughout. Good cold climate ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Segura Viudas Aria Pinot Noir Champagne/Sparkling Spain Cava Brut Segura Viudas

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    No written review

    Wine review by steph999


  • Halcon Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard 2017

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    Very murky in the glass. Rustic nose of foliage. Light red fruit on the tip of the tongue, Then more complex flavors. That "cinnamon thing" that I sometimes get with PNs. Some earthiness, Quite light bodies. Very brief aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune du Château Rouge Premier Cru 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website.It ... of Beaune.My bottle is 100% pinot noir and I started it last night with my steak supper. It is a brownish and almost pink colour.There is some cherry and redcurrant style fruit with soft tannins and enough structure to hold things together.In short,this is not a ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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...

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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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