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.

Salentein Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Mendoza, Argentina
Love this wine! A cherry river of flavor is balanced by excellent acidity and structure. I opened this wine and finished it 5 days later, amazed at how it held together. Great acidity and a satisfying finish. A wine to drink while watching a sunset, or a screen saver of a sunset. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $20.00 Score: 93/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed June 12, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

 

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
 

De Bortoli Windy Peak Pinot Noir 2010
Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Cherry-berry on the nose with great mouth-watering juiciness on the palate. Medium- to full-bodied and a terrific price. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2015  Best Value Red Wine  Price: $17.95 Score: 89/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed July 21, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 48587  Check Stock
 

Rosehall Run Cuvée County Pinot Noir 2008
V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Love it! Light and acidic with bright cherry-mulberry-cranberry flavours. Vibrant: says hello! Right out of the glass. So versatile with food. Love the supple satin texture. This wine won a Gold Medal at the ARTEVÏNO Prince Edward County Wine Competition in 2010.. I’d pair it with reading Eat, Pray, Love. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $19.95 Score: 88/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed February 19, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 225748  Check Stock
 

Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Vqa, Okanagan Valley, Bc, Canada
A mouth-wateringly juicy red with bright cherry, raspberry and mocha notes. Smooth, silky and medium-bodied. This wine was aged in French oak for four months. Very food-friendly and versatile. Terrific effort! Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon, pate, roast chicken or turkey. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Price: $18.99 Score: 90/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed October 13, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 624767  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.