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The 18 Best Pinot Noir You Should Drink in 2022

Pinot Noir
This is our review of the 18 Best Pinot Noir you should drink this year. Enjoy!

Pinot Noir is the perfect entry-level red wine. The red fruit is the primary flavor and their intensity and types vary depending on the producer and the region.

When young, Pinot Noir is fruity, refreshing, and easy to drink thanks to its low tannins and medium-light body. As it matures in the bottle, and only the finest bottle achieves this, it evolves into more complex flavors. 

Have you ever found yourself staring at many Pinot Noir bottles wondering which one you would like best?
 
After an extensive research, we have picked a selection of the 18 best Pinot Noir you can find right nowI must confess I’m quite happy with the research and work done. 
 
We have categorized them by regions, price point, etc.. and added an extensive buying guide so that you have all you need to make an informed decision.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot NoirIf you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Échezeaux Grand Cru 2017.
 
You’ll find the table of content below. Let’s start with the review!
4.8/5

Vivino’s tips: Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 3 times as much.

Region: France, Côte de Nuits.

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Earthy, Oak.

Tenderness and magnitude. They are often open, expressive, precocious. They show great flexibility, supported by continued seeming velvet mouth. Raspberry flavors, rosehip characterize in his youth.

It ain’t cheap, I know, but quality has a price, and to us this wine is simply outstanding!

4.4/5

Region: United States, Russian River Valley.

Tasting notes:
Cherry, Red Fruit, Plum, Vanilla, Oak, Smoke, Earthy.

Bright crimson red in color. Aromas of black cherry and ripe plums combine with subtle notes of dried herbs and smoke.

The palate entry shows flavors of cranberry, fresh raspberry, and ripe cherry, complemented by hints of vanilla and baking spice.

A balance of savory, cedar and cocoa powder, and sweet, fig jam and ripe blackberry, round out the mouth-feel. 

Hurry up and stack up a few of these in your cellar before it runs out of stock!

4.1/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Best wines under $20 right now

Region: United States, California

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Plum, Blackberry, Oak, Vanilla, Chocolate.

It ranks #4 in the Best wines under $20. Seriously, what else do you need to know?😄

Deep garnet color. Luxurious and dynamic aromas of ripe strawberry, bright cherry and faint notes of spicy oak and vanilla.

The complexity of the palate smoothly layers rich red currant notes and baking spice flavors with light smoke, earth and leather.

A balanced, velvety texture and supple tannins carry the wine through to a lingering, succulent finish.

4.4/5

Vivino’s tips: This vintage rates better than any other year for this wine

Region: United States, Los Carneros

Tasting notes:
Cherry, Raspberry, Baking Spice, Earthy, Leather.

Dark and rich in color, this wine presents a complex and intensely fruit driven nose accompanied by notes of earth and spices.

In the glass, this wine presents floral aromatics light of touches of violet, strawberry, rhubarb, and pepper.

This youthful wine displays finesse and elegance on the palate, as well as freshness and length. 

4.6/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: Californian Pinot Noir (2014 Vintage) | 90 by Jeff Leve (2010 Vintage).

Region: United Sonoma Coast.

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Black Cherry, Oak, Vanilla, Cola, Earthy, Pepper.

The Sonoma Coast supplies our fruit with a gorgeous rolling fog that grants our blend a generous acidity and delicate tannins. 

Through the luxurious texture, you find notes of bright raspberry, summer strawberry, and gentle oak spices.

This wine is simply amazing and in case you wonder we are not the only one to share this view.

It ranks 4.6/5 stars from over 6.6k+ Vivino’s users. One of them is pretty enthusiast too, 93Wines says: “Wow! Just wow!” 

4.5/5

Vivino’s tips: 2017 vintage rates better than any other year for this wine.

Region: United States, Willamette Valley

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Plum, Vanilla, Oak, Earthy, Leather.

Red fruits, caramel, baking spice, vanilla, dried flowers, and potpourri.

On the palate, this wine shows a harmonious balance of structure, richness and acidity with soft tannins and a clean, lingering finish.

4.4/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Awards: Burgundy Côte de Beaune Red (2013 Vintage)

Region: France, Côte de Beaune

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Mushroom, Leather, Earthy, Vanilla, Oak,  Vanilla, Licorice, Pepper, Violet.

If you love the French style, you must try it. It will blow you away! If you collect wine, keep an eye on it, I’d secure few bottles if I were you.

It’s pretty popular in the Vivino’s community with an outstanding 4.4 stars.

This wine is smooth, complex and elegant, with medium body and high acidity. Expect cherry, raspberry, earth, leather, mushroom, spice and oak toast.

If you go for later vintages make sure you gave it a few years to properly evolve before open it. 

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: Northern Italy Pinot Noir (2016 Vintage).

Region: Italy, Südtirol-Alto Adige

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Oak, Earthy, Smoke.

This is a great and smooth Pinot Noir Italian style for an incredible price. It rates 4.2 stars over 1.2k+ Vivino members and you can have it for less than $40. What are you waiting for?! 

Expect red cherry, raspberry, strawberry, smoke, vanilla, and oak. 

3.8/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 61% more.

Region: Germany, Pfalz.

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Smoke, Earthy, Oak, Vanilla.

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is warm and medium-bodied, with a firm acid structure. Its dark cherry fruit is juicy, ripe and forward, with a spicy mid-palate. 

Twelve months of barrique aging gives the wine a smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins.

This is a very grown-up Pinot Noir for the price, and an excellent wine for everyday dining. 

4.2/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 52% more.

Region: Australia, Mornington Peninsula

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Vanilla, Oak, Earthy, Pepper.

This delicious wine is smooth, with medium body and high acidity. It’s very fruity on the nose with earthy, licorice and pepper notes.

If you like the Australian style you can’t go wrong here. Be quick before it finishes…

4.1/5

Vivino’s tips: Featured in Vivino’s 2020 Wine Style Awards: New Zealand Pinot Noir (2017 Vintage). 

Region:New Zealand, Central Otago

Tasting notes: Cherry, Raspberry, Plum, Oak, Vanilla, Chocolate, Leather, Earthy, Smoke.

Aromatic expressions of sweet red cherries, mulberries, and plums lead to a complex and lingering palate.
 
The oak is light and subtle to complement the fine-grained tannins and supple acidity.
4.1/5

Region: South Africa, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

Tasting notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Raspberry, Black Fruit, Green Pepper, Earthy, Smoke, Oak, Vanilla.

This is a great South African Pinot Noir style bottle. It has complexity and smoothness. It pairs extremely well with red meats like beef, veal, game and chicken.

If you are not yet familiar with the South African style, that’s a great bottle to start with.

4.3/5

Vivino’s tips: Great value for money. Similar wines usually cost 2 times as much.

Region: Argentina, Mendoza

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Cherry, Dark Fruit, Mushroom, Oak.

This Argentinian Pinot Noir offers a fantastic value for your money. Medium body, fine tannins and medium-high acidity. Pair it with red meat and you’ll not be disappointed.

That’s another great wine to try out if you fancy exploring other Pinot Noir styles at an affordable price.

3.9/5

Vivino’s tips: 2017 vintage rates better than any other year for this wine

Region: Chile, Leyda Valley

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Cherry, Raspberry, Black Fruit, Oak, Smoke.

This wine is deep ruby-red in color with violet hues. The nose initially reveals black and red berries such as murtillas, blueberries, black cherries and raspberries.

The mouth provides juicy black fruit flavors and balanced acidity, together with soft, well-rounded tannins over soft French oak.

4.3/5

Vivino’s tips: Among top 1% of all wines in the world

Region: France, Champagne

Tasting notes: Apple, Apricot, Red Fruit, Brioche, Toast, Mineral.

Pinot Noir is very versatile grape and it can be used to produce outstanding Champagne, like this Blanc de Noirs made entirely with Pinot Noir grapes.

Expect high acidity, fine and persistent bubbles and more fruity notes than the usual Champagne. In our opinion it is one of the best Blanc de Noirs you can buy at a very reasonable price.

If I were you, I’d find a good excuse to celebrate with this one! 😋

4.5/5

Vivino’s tips: Editor’s note: “A World-Class 4.5-★ Sonoma Coast Pinot With a Burgundian Soul, From the Estate Making “The Most Exciting Pinot Noir in California””

Region: United States, Sonoma Coast

Tasting notes: Blackberry, Plum, Cherry, Oak, Tobacco, Chocolate, Leather, Licorice, Violet.

This is one of the best bottles you can find under $50. Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s the Vivino Editor’s note: “A World-Class 4.5-★ Sonoma Coast Pinot With a Burgundian Soul, From the Estate Making “The Most Exciting Pinot Noir in California””.

It displays an alluring red velvet hue encompassing a dark rose center with radiant clarity. The first impression shows pure nose filled with ripe strawberries.

After a few swirls, the wine becomes more complex, letting out flowers, additional fruit and nuttiness. Tempered yet persistent tannins carry pink rose petal and vibrant acidity through the lengthy finish. 

4.5/5

Vivino’s tips: Good value for money. Similar wines usually cost 36% more.

Region: United States, Sta. Rita Hills

Tasting notes: Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Oak, Tobacco, Chocolate, Leather, Pepper, Earthy.

For once I let the others do the talking 😊. Here’s what Vivino’s Editor says: “20 Cases of This New Pinot from the Creator of Orin Swift Up for Grabs. Limited Production Vintage of a Red that “Expresses all of the Natural Richness that Comes So Easily in the Sta. Rita Hills.””

And here is what Robert Parker thinks about it: “When you take wine brands like Orin Swift and The Prisoner to the top of the ladder of success, you don’t do things at half-effort. And David Phinney has absolutely gone all-in on this 2017 Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills.

Sourced from prime vineyard sites like John Sebastiano Vineyard, Radian Vineyard, and the legendary Sea Smoke Vineyard, this red “sashays out of the glass,” (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, 93/100) .

Are you convinced by now 😎?

4.7/5

Region: France, Côte de Nuits

Tasting notes: Strawberry, Black Fruit, Leather, Earthy, Mushroom, Truffles.

This immediate neighbor of la Romanée-Conti escorts Her Majesty with good-natured ribaldry.

It is a king’s musketeer who likes company, likes to laugh and to sing, to feel that the somewhat brutal strength of his athlete’s body is admired.

For elegance, structure and complexity this wine is just a masterpiece. There’s plenty of great and outstanding wines out there at a fraction of this price.

Having said that, if you have the opportunity to drink a Richebourg Grand Cru, you’ll soon realize it’s one of a kind experience.

Buying Guide to Pinot Noir

It’s not just about which Pinot Noir you should buy. There are other important aspects like how to serve it, food pairings, and much more. The below buying guide will give you a detailed overview of all these topics.

Pinot Noir Overview

Here you find an overview of where Pinot Noir is most commonly planted.

Grape

Pinot Noir

ABV

11.5%–15%

Main Regions

France: Burgundy

Other Regions

Australia
Chile
Italy: Northern Italy
Germany
South Africa
New Zealand
USA: California, Oregon

Grape

Pinot Noir

ABV

11.5%–15%

Main Regions

France: Burgundy

Other Regions

Australia
Chile
Italy: Northern Italy
Germany
South Africa
New Zealand
USA: California, Oregon

Pinot Noir Taste Profile

These are some of the most common aromas and flavors of Pinot Noir.

Color

Pale to Medium Garnet

Nose

Earthy, Herbal Notes
Red berry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry
Spice
Leather

Palate

Red Fruit
Vanilla, Truffle,
Tobacco
Dry to Off-Dry
Medium-High Acidity
Medium-Low Tannins
Medium-Full Body

Color

Pale to Medium Garnet

Nose

Earthy, Herbal Notes
Red berry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry
Spice
Leather

Palate

Red Fruit
Vanilla, Truffle,
Tobacco
Dry to Off-Dry
Medium-High Acidity
Medium-Low Tannins
Medium-Full Body

Pinot Noir Food Pairing

These are some food pairing suggestions for Pinot Noir.

Appetitizer

Mushrooms Agnolotti,
Caramelized Cauliflower,
Casserole of Red Cabbage & Apples

Meat

Duck
Roasted Chicken
Pork
Rabbit
Beef Bourguignon

Fish

Grilled Salmon
Grilled Swordfish

Cheese

Wash-Rind (Taleggio),
Medium-Firm (Comte),
Semi-Hard (Ceddar),
Hard (Pecorino)

Appetitizer

Mushrooms Agnolotti,
Caramelized Cauliflower,
Casserole of Red Cabbage & Apples

Meat

Duck
Roasted Chicken
Pork
Rabbit
Beef Bourguignon

Fish

Grilled Salmon
Grilled Swordfish

Cheese

Wash-Rind (Taleggio),
Medium-Firm (Comte),
Semi-Hard (Ceddar),
Hard (Pecorino)

Serve and Store Pinot Noir

Here you find some useful tips on how to serve and store Pinot Noir.

Decant

30 mins

Glass

Burgundy

Serve at

55 - 64 °F
13 - 18 °C

Store for

Up to 5 years
10+ years finest bottles only

Decant

30 mins

Glass

Burgundy

Serve at

55 - 64 °F
13 - 18 °C

Store for

Up to 5 years
10+ years finest bottles only

Pinot Noir Styles

Pinot Noir taste profile will vary from region to region and the climate. Some examples are:

  • France – Burgundy (cool): red fruit and subtle oak aromas, mushroom and forest floor.

  • US: 
    • California (warm): ripe red fruit and intense vanilla flavors. The finest examples develop mushroom and forest floor flavors.
    • Oregon (cool): the best wines are similar to the French types with more intense red fruit flavors.

  • Australia – Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula (cool): can vary from light to medium with ripe red fruit flavors. They are generally higher in tannins.

  • Italy – Northern part (cool): like the French style with tertiary flavors of tobacco.

  • New Zealand (cool): rich in red fruit flavors up to dark plum, medium to full body, medium-low tannins with chocolate and spicy notes.

Our Verdict

Pinot Noir is the perfect entry-level red wine. The red fruit is the primary flavor and their intensity and types vary depending on the producer and the region.

If you have been through the buying guide, you should have a pretty good idea of how to navigate the Pinot Noir world.
 
At the same time, you have probably realized by now, that there’s a huge selection, many styles, and various price points.
 
The good news is that you can get very high quality usually at a good price if you know where to look!
 
That’s why proper guidance comes in handy. We hope our guide was helpful in this regard.
 
Our best value bottle selection for you is for Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir. If you are after the best overall bottle, our recommendation is Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Échezeaux Grand Cru 2017.
 
As always, make sure to serve your Pinot Noir at the right temperature and with the proper glass

What to do Next?

Be sure to serve your Pinot Noir at the right temperature. Read our wine tasting guide to enhance your tasting experience and taste like the pro!

Alternatively, why don’t you check out our guides on Pinot Noir vs Merlot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or the other red wines?

FAQ

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Cabernet Sauvignon.

What does Pinot Noir mean?

“Pinot” is a French word that derives from “pin”, i.e. pine tree, given the resemblance between the bunch of grapes and the pine cone.

“Noir” is a French word that means “blank” in English and comes from the dark skin of the grape.

What is Pinot Noir history?

Pinot Noir is a very ancient grape, possibly from the 1st century AD, from the Burgundy region in France. Today the most expensive and finest bottles of Pinot Noir are from this area.

Where does Pinot Noir grow best?

Pinot Noir gives its best in a cool to moderate climate. The grape has thin skin and it’s quite delicate.

When grown in a warm climate it can lose its freshness and taste too cooked from excessive ripening of the grapes. Despite that, it’s cultivated around the world.

When is the perfect time to drink Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir it’s generally a common choice for the holiday season, given its food pairing options like duck, turkey, and roasted chicken. In reality, you can have Pinot Noir all year long. The light body version makes it enjoyable even during summer.

Is Pinot Noir sweet?

Pinot Noir is not sweet. You can generally find it dry or off dry. A dry wine contains less than 15 g/L, or sugar per liter. An off dry wine contains between 15-30 g/l. Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

When is the International Pinot Noir day?

The 18th of August is the International Pinot Noir Day.

Why is Pinot Noir usually expensive?

Pinot Noir is a delicate grape and as such it’s prone to rot and diseases which will affect the production. This has a direct impact on its price and that’s why Pinot Noir is rarely inexpensive.

In which barrels Pinot Noir usually ages?

Pinot Noir has delicate flavors and to preserve them, oak maturations generally happen in large and/or older barrels. This reduces the surface of contact and avoids overwhelming flavors.

Is Pinot Noir a versatile grape?

Yes it is. Pinot Noir grape is used to produce white, red, rosé, and sparkling wine! Blanc de Noirs Champagne it’s a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier [1].

What’s Pinot Noir's typical price range?

Pinot Noir it’s rarely an inexpensive wine. The most expensive bottles are from France and most precisely from the Côte-d’Or [2]. Price can easily be over $3000 a bottle.

For other regions, the average price will be around $20-$100. You can find some outstanding Pinot Noir examples from Oregon, South Africa, and New Zealand.

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