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.

Henry of Pelham Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2006
V.Q.A. Niagara, Ontario, Canada
A supple, medium-bodied red bursting with ripe cherries. Pinot Noir food pairings: chicken, pork. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $17.25 Score: 89/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed October 7, 2008 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 13904  2601 in stock
 

Spinyback By Waimea Pinot Noir 2009
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Sweet cherry fruit and some spice with a plush medium-to full-bodied weight. Incredibly great price Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2014  Complete Cheese Pizza Wine  Price: $15.95 Score: 88/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed June 11, 2011 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 60079  Check Stock
 

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2012
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
Central Otago grapes adds blacker berry fruit whereas South Island is brighter red fruit. Lusciously ripe fruit with mouth-watering juiciness. This is why I love New Zealand Pinot Noir! Lovely fruit with light oak (10% new French oak) with 60% oak total, and 40% in stainless steel oak. Oak is just for a bit of spice and to fill out the palate. Pinot Noir food pairings: pulled-pork sandwiches, roasted chicken, salmon ceviche. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Price: $19.95 Score: 91/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed September 11, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 626390  Check Stock
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Sileni Estates The Plateau Pinot Noir 2012
Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Rich cherry fruit that's not heavy, but I also like that there's not too much acidity here. Round and ready when you are. Medium- to full-bodied and luscious. The Plateau range of wines constitute the flagship line for this winery. They are balanced and complex with reasonable prices. Terrific long finish. Perfect for potluck gatherings. Pinot Noir food pairings: salmon steaks, avocado and papaya salad, roast chicken, tuna. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2013‐2016  Scrumptious Seafood Wine  Price: $19.95 Score: 91/100

This Pinot Noir was reviewed November 9, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 132142  578 in stock
 

Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir 2006
Marlborough, Sourth Island, New Zealand: Vc:
Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir is fruit-forward with a gentle acid core for balance. It displays just the right weight and body. My note: A good, balanced pinot with aromas of ripe red cherries. Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir food pairings: grilled salmon, pan-fried freshwater fish. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $19.95 Score: 88/100

This Matua Shingle Peak Pinot Noir was reviewed July 7, 2007 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 32441  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.