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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

Tasting Notes for Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a dry red wine, typically diominated by red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles showing black plum and more delicate styles of Pinot giving citrus qualities. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age Pinot Noir can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Noir

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of salmon or texture of tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot Noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Noir

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot Noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018
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    • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • Hahn Monterey Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Hahn Monterey Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Elouan Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Oregon
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      • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
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      • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Hyland Estates Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Hyland Estates Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 Front Label
        Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2015
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • A to Z Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        A to Z Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Cirq Bootleggers Hill Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Cirq Bootleggers Hill Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from California
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          • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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