A Wine Collector’s Must-Have Pinot Noirs

Growing one’s collection of wine is not an easy feat to undertake. It requires, time, knowledge, storage, and money. So, if you’re going to consider yourself a true collector of delicious wines, you must have all the above resources. However, to really cultivate your collection, to make it coveted by every other wine enthusiast, start collecting the wines on this list.

You’ll be a wine connoisseur once you nab a bottle of these amazing Pinot Noirs:

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This Pinot Noir is annually released in limited supply, making it highly coveted and revered. Each vintage comes out remarkably consistent, with grapes being grown in the clay-rich soil of the Romanee-Conti vineyards, buyers jump at any opportunity to purchase one of these bottles.

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Domaine Georges Roumier

Fermented differently than other Pinot Noirs, this unique vino is more fruity and flavorful than the rest. Bathed in a cold soak at the beginning of the fermentation process, this vintage is seamlessly blending the old with the new.

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Considered by many to be the first of its kind, the Richebourg Pinot Noir is much richer than most other, thinner versions of the wine. It was also the first estate to receive AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) status.

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d’Auvenay Mazis-Chambertin

With a love for natural, unfiltered wines and a name associated with the white variety, owner Lalou Bize-Leroy only produces about 350 cases of this wine annually. According to biodynamic approaches, each harvest yields a very low amount of crop each year.

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Sylvain Cathiard

Terroir is almost as important to the characteristics of wine as the grapes are. However, there is only one estate that truly adheres to this philosophy. Only using materials for labor and farming from resources within a few miles of the vines, this Pinot Noir is as terroir-pure as a wine can get.

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Louis Jadot

Produced traditionally and extremely consistent in quality, Louis Jadot is one of the largest wine producers in the world. Preferring wood over metal, the natural fermentation process of this Pinot Noir has been ahead of the trend since day one.

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Kosta Browne

Not rare or impossible to find, this California wine makes up for its lack of exclusivity with its diligently garnered and formulated ingredients and processes. Letting the vines grow to full maturity before harvesting, this wine is able to capture the flavorful, complex notes it’s loved for.

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Domaine Fourrier

Separated by terroir, the Pinot Noirs that Domaine Fourrier produces are pure in origin, but that’s not all. Their malolactic fermentation technique combined with their 20% new oak barrels produces a more delicate, fruity wine.

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With a waiting list over 5,000 names long, Marcassin Pinot Noir might be the most coveted, exclusive vintage of them all. Only offered to those on their mailing list, this unfiltered and cold stabilized wine is the creme de la creme when it comes to Pinot Noir.

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Peregrine Pinnacle

The grapes on the vines of Central Otago, New Zealand endure extreme weather conditions. However, located on stone-heavy soil, the grapes have excellent drainage year round. Also, aided by a gradient that changes to mimic the wings of a peregrine falcon, the vines get excellent sunlight 12 months a year at the vineyard.

The Many Wines Of Italy

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Wine comes from many different regions across the world. Italy is one of the most popular regions with a wide variety of grapes and as a result, many different varieties of wine.

Producing both red and white, Italian wine has something to offer every palate. Here’s a list of the major Italian wine varieties:


Asti: sparkling, moscato grapes from Asti, sweet, low alcohol content, fruity, floral

Frascati: Trebbiano grapes, Frascati area, dry, light, crisp, subtle

Gavi: dry, medium, Cortese grapes from Gavi, crisp. slight notes of honey, apple, and minerals.

Pino Grigio: light, dry, crisp, subtle flavors, Pinot Gris grapes, Northeastern Italy

Soave: Veneto region, Garganega grapes, dry, crisp, light-medium, slight notes of pear, apple, or peach.

Verdicchio: dry, medium, crisp, mineral flavor, fresh, Verdicchio grapes, Marche region


Amarone: full bodied, partially-bried Corvina grapes, Veneto region, dry, firm, concentrated fruity notes

Barbaresco: Very similar to Barolo, same grape and area, lighter, more palatable, best 8-15 years

Barbera: Piedmont region, dry, light-medium, strong berry flavor, acidic, slight tannin, best from Alba or Asti zones

Barolo: dry, full, Nebbiolo grapes, Barolo area, eclectic aromas, strawberry flavor, tar, herbs, earth, tannin, 10-20 years

Brunello di Montalcino: full, strong, Savgiovese grapes, Montalcino zone of Tuscany, dry, very tannic, 15+years

Chianti: very dry, medium, slight tannic. sour cherry flavor, Savgiovese grapes, Chianti area of Tuscany, enjoyed young and old

Lambrusco: sweet, fizzy, grapey flavor, Lambrusco grapes, Emilia-Romagna region, dry, can come sparkling

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: medium, red fruit flavor, slight veggie note, comes as a lighter wine, best enjoyed concentrated, denser, from Montepulciano grape, Abruzzo region

Salice Salentino: dry, full, Negroamaro grapes, Puglia region, strong flavors of hot, ripe fruit, complex

Valpolicella: medium, Corvina grapes, Valpolicella area, Veneto region, dry, light, slight tannic, strong cherry flavor

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: medium, dry, light, cherry flavor, similar to Chianti, Sangiovese grapes, Montepulciano area, Tuscany region.


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3 Great Wines to Ring in Fall 2015

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The goal when it comes to wine is to find distinctive and interesting bottles from places you’ve never heard of before. Having a diverse approach to wine drinking will help expand your wine knowledge, and help evolve your taste. Being able to serve wine from around the world is a great pleasure – and sharing it during New York’s beautiful fall season is something to be excited about as the warmer days cool off into the digress of winter.

Fall in the city is a great time to be outside. No one gets more excited about sweater-weather more than New Yorkers, as we can finally enjoy each other in the sun after a scorching hot, humid, and sticky summer. This fall, make it a point to enjoy the company of others and explore new parks and neighborhoods – as well as new wines everywhere you go!

Here are my top three wines to sip on this fall:

Fattoria di Fubbiano Rosso delle Colline Lucchesi. A beautiful Chianti with old-fashioned charm.

Casa Santos Lima Quinta das Amoras Vinho Regional Lisboa Tinto. Portuguese wine!

Le Fraghe Bardolino. The perfect Italian red with rosy undertones.

How To Taste Wine

Harry Dalian, SynesthesiaThere’s no doubt in my mind that if you have arrived to this site you enjoy wine. The question, however, is whether you enjoy it to the full extent you are able. Are you able to apprehend the subtleties between years, between location of the grapes, the type of wine? More than likely you have tried a few. However, I would like to put forward the idea of D. T. Suzuki, that the master is a master because he approaches his subject of mastery every time as a beginner. Therefore, no matter how experienced, you will enjoy wine more when you stick to these steps and principles, and approach it by sense alone, and not with expectation.

Let’s talk about Red Wine.

Wine Tasting: Sight and Synesthesia

The first move you’ll make will be with your main, overwhelming sense: sight.

Harry Dalian, Wine and SynesthesiaLook at the wine. To get a better view, tilt the glass to its side and observe the color. Can you see whether it changes? Is it darker in the middle? Is it lighter on the outsides? What type of a color would you describe it with? I’ll give you a few words you can consult as necessary. Ruby, Violet, Purple, Burgundy, Pink, Rose, Amber, so on.

Don’t arm yourself with terms as a means to impress, but know them so you can articulate as you see. Remember, the greatest minds, like that of Da Vinci, were not confined by the thoughts that preceded them. Da Vinci was one to experience self induced synesthesia, the cross over of senses. If you wish to express the color of the wine with a word that doesn’t exist, try it; being open to senses means not taking for granted which is which. You can hear a sight. What does it sound like?

Taste and Smell

As we discussed earlier, the more open you are to your experience, the less preconceptions you take with you to the experience, the more honestly, and accurately you will experience it. Experience your wine with a newborn mind.

When approaching taste and smell, let the color blend in to your smell. Yes, you can smell the color. The combination, or simultaneous perception will make the experience stronger and more authentic to the actual wine.

You bring nothing to your venture. When the wine is in front of you, you can behold it in the ways you are able to experience it. Try to experience the wine from each angle and see how they fit together.