Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the primary red grape of Burgundy, Champagne, Oregon and New Zealand. It is a temperamental thin-skinned grape that is sensitive to light exposure, pruning and soil types, generally low-yielding and highly susceptible to rot and fungal diseases. However, it can produce some of the world’s most sought-after and attractive wines, particularly from Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Depending on its origins, wines produced with Pinot Noir exhibit a range of aromas, textures and flavors, but are commonly light to medium bodied with red berry and earthy characteristics. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Pinot Noir among our extensive Pinot Noir wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Pinot Noir reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Pinot Noir, and will help you find one that best suits your needs. Read on to learn more about Pinot Noir wines listed below, or, if you prefer white wine, check out our Pinot Grigio ratings.

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Williams Selyem 2007 Litton Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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A spectacular Pinot Noir, but a very young one, and extremely dry. It’s a wine of great structure, with rich acids and tannins framing extraordinarily complex flavors of grilled cherries, strawberries and raspberries, with complicating notes of cola, pomegranates, orange zest, anise, dusty Asian spices and smoky sandalwood. A truly great Pinot Noir from a great…  — S.H.  (2/1/2010)
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Williams Selyem 2010 Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $75
This expresses the greatness of its vintage and vineyard, offering wave after wave of raspberry and cherry pie flavors, plus notes of red currant, sweet licorice, spicy Dr. Pepper and smoky sandalwood. There’s also something exotically briary and wild that intrigues. Even more remarkable is the texture, an amalgam of acids and tannins that rivals any Pinot Noir…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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Williams Selyem 2009 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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A stupendous Pinot Noir, showing how beautifully this vineyard performs in the remote Sonoma Coast above Fort Ross. Williams Selyem’s last few vintages of Precious Mountain have been extraordinary, but this 2009 tops them all. The wine is as light as a feather in the mouth, modest in alcohol and delicately feminine, like pure satin. However, few Pinot Noirs in the…  — S.H.  (2/1/2012)
98
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Merry Edwards 2009 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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Amazingly rich, offering deep, complex layers of cherries, black raspberries, cola, anise biscotti, pomegranates, persimmons, black tea, orange zest, mushrooms, you name it, but don’t forget the spices, everything from cloves and black pepper to cinnamon. Utterly delicious, with a silky, briskly clean mouthfeel. But the tannins are pronounced. They’re not so strong…  — S.H.  (5/1/2012)
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Williams Selyem 2010 Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

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  1. $94
In recent years, Precious Mountain Vineyard has provided Bob Cabral with some of his most glorious fruit. Tremendous in flash and depth, it offers compelling flavors of raspberry and cherry, accented by sweet, smoky oak. There’s such complexity in the acid and tannin structure, and in the earthy, stony, spicy nuances, that you find something new to love with every…  — S.H.  (3/1/2013)
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Flowers 2010 Sea View Ridge Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

  1. $70
A cool climate has given this wine bracing acidity and gentle-yet-persistent tannins. Its flavors of wild raspberries and cherries, with spice and mineral overtones, are delicious. There’s a feral quality that expresses umami perfectly, suggesting butter-sautéed, tamari-splashed mushrooms and crisped prosciutto. The oak is powerful and present in the form of toast…  — S.H.  (12/1/2012)
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Goldeneye 2007 Ten Degrees Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

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This is a best barrel blend of Goldeneye’s several vineyards. It takes its beautifully ripe fruit from Confluence and the tannins of The Narrows to yield a dry, densely constructed and moderately ageable wine of exceptionally high quality and appeal. Blackberries, blueberries, cherries and exotic spices characterize the flavors of this tremendous wine, one of the…  — S.H.  (3/1/2011)
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Williams Selyem 2008 Litton Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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This is the best of the winery’s new releases, both for drinking now and for cellaring. Combines power and elegance, with upscale flavors of cherries, currants, cola, rhubarbs, dried herbs and oak, wrapped into devastatingly rich tannins and a perfect touch of acidity. Should age well for 10 years.  — S.H.  (2/1/2011)
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