Best Pinot Noir Wine

My reviews of these Pinot Noir red wines are updated weekly. These Pinot Noir red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Pinot Noir wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Pinot Noir in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you sign-up for my wine reviews.

Inniskillin Wines Pinot Noir Reserve 2008
Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada
Bursting with ripe cherries girded by a lovely seam of mouth-watering acidity. Balance, finesse, silky texture and length: it's got it all. A terrific wine for the money, especially for Pinot Noir. Very versatile with many dishes. Pinot Noir Reserve food pairings: roasted and smoked light meats-chicken, turkey, lamb, pork; summer mushroom dishes and mushroom sauces.. Alcohol: 12.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2016  Price: $18.25 Score: 90/100

This Pinot Noir Reserve was reviewed September 2, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 623793  Check Stock

Yering Station Little Yering Pinot Noir 2008
Yarra Valley, South Australia, Australia
Cherries and minty-medicinal on the nose. Silky satin texture and beautiful medium body. Juicy tasty. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2014  Price: $14.95 Score: 88/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed October 2, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 188094  Check Stock
BC: 616110  915 in stock

Heitlinger Mellow Silk Pinot Noir 2011
Prädikatswein, Baden, Germany
Smoky with super tart but pleasing cherries. Lots of acidity and some stemminess but overall lovely, especially for the price. It's amazing what Germany is doing with affordable pinot noir now. Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled meats and mushrooms. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Best Beef Wine  Price: $16.95 Score: 88/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed October 12, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 344697  63 in stock

Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition 2006
Ac, Burgundy, France
Vintages Wine Panel: This Pinot is sourced from vineyards across Burgundy including the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Hautes Côtes de Nuits and Côte Chalonnaise. This is prototypical Bourgogne Pinot Noir: light, fresh, juicy, and crisp. Best served with simple, non-spicy food. My note: A red wine with ripe cherry and berry flavors. A fantastic value. Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition food pairings: planked salmon. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $15.95 Score: 88/100

This Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition was reviewed March 1, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 66399  Check Stock

Gallo Pinot Noir 2007
Sonoma County, California, United States
Cherry liqueur with smoke and spice. Full-bodied and tasty with a silky-smooth texture. Terrific party wine! Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $17.95 Score: 88/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed September 4, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 463810  Check Stock

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Pinot Noir

Among the oldest of grapes grown to make wine by the ancient Romans, Pinot Noir now thrives in many regions such as Austria and Germany (in both regions known as Spätburgunder), Niagara, Okanagan Valley, Italy (Pinot Nero), New Zealand, Switzerland (Dole), Oregon and California's cooler regions such as Carneros, Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley in the Sonoma Valley, Santa Maria Valley (Santa Barbara County) and Monterey County. The most famous region is Burgundy, France, and especially the Burgundian sub-region Côte d'Or (Slope of Gold), where famous names such as Domaine Romanee-Conti and Laflaive grace labels.

Pinot Noir loves a cool climate where is can ripen slowly but maintain vivacious acidity. Soils of chalk and limestone that drain well make the vines work hard to survive and thus produce great wine.

A wine of great sensuality, a silky texture and seductive aromas such as strawberries, cherries, black cherries, raspberries, violets, cinnamon, sassafras, mushrooms, truffles, rose petal, fresh earth and something called "barnyard," which is actually meant to be a positive descriptor though not everyone agrees with that. Sometimes, this means fresh earth as you would find on a farm, but it can also refer to bacterial spoilage called Brettanomyces.

The character Miles in the hit 2004 movie Sideways discusses the virtues of Pinot Noir with Maya. He considers it the antithesis of plummy Merlot that can lack acidity. Pinot Noir is now one of the fastest growing red wines in North America, thanks to this commercial boost. This is also due to its purported health benefits because the grapes must work hard to protect themselves from disease and rot in cool climates and therefore produce more anti-oxidants, up to four times more resveratrol than other wines.

The famous California winemaker André Tchelistcheff said: "God made Cabernet Sauvignon whereas the devil made Pinot Noir." This thin-skinned berry is known as the "heartbreak grape" because it's difficult to grow and is unstable even bottled. That's why you often pay more for Pinot Noir than most other red wines.

Pinot Noir pairs with a wide variety of dishes because it is flavorful but not heavy in alcohol, oak or tannin. The best matches include prime rib, roast beef, brisket, turkey, pork tenderloin, mushroom and truffle dishes, coq au vin (chicken cooked in red wine), beef bourguignonne (beef cooked in red wine), grilled salmon, cassoulet, roasted and braised lamb, pheasant, duck, shark, swordfish and tuna with rosemary.