The Most Popular Pinot Noirs and How We Rated Them

Pinot Noir in glasses

Pinot Noir is one of the world’s best-known and widely planted red grapes. Its sultry, silky texture, ripe berry flavor and earthy nuances have won the hearts, minds and palates of many wine lovers. 

Produced across the globe—from its spiritual home in France to Italy, New Zealand, Australia, South AfricaChile, the United States and beyond—this variety is notoriously fickle in the vineyard and, as a result, often comes with a slightly higher price tag than other varieties.  

Of the more than 36,500 Pinot Noirs reviewed to date by Wine Enthusiast, here are eight of the top-searched, recently reviewed wines. Selections range from well-regarded brands in California and Oregon to a value offering from a Burgundian producer and an omnipresent critter wine from Australia. Read on to discover which Pinot Noirs our readers searched the most. 

A Six-Bottle Master Class to Pinot Noir

Belle Glos 2019 Las Alturas Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands); $55. Firm lines of graphite and loamy earth streak through the opulent aromas of black plum and… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Bogle 2019 Pinot Noir (California); $11. Rich black-fruit notes fill the aromas and flavors of this saturated and full-bodied wine… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Brewer-Clifton 2019 3D Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills); $65. This wine is both crowd-pleasing and elegantly complex. Focused aromas of strawberry, ripe cherry… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Jacques Bourguignon 2020 Pinot Noir (Vin de France); $12. Bright cherry and currant form the nose of this wine. The palate is fruit forward and packed… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Portlandia 2019 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley); $22. Despite the modest price, this blends fruit from some excellent Willamette Valley vineyards… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Underwood 2019 Pinot Noir (Oregon); $14. Grapes for this humble Pinot are sourced from all over the state. Such diversity is unheard of in a budget wine… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

We Recommend:

Valle de Inez 2019 Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County); $20. This vintage of Doug Margerum’s more affordable label is a complex and delicious stunner… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Yellow Tail 2019 Pinot Noir (South Eastern Australia); $7. This wine offers ripe blueberry, blackberry, vanilla and licks of dried herbs and spices… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW 

Published on December 1, 2021
Topics: Buying Guide