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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 dominated 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 wine can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

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 the wine 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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  • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
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      • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        Sur de los Andes Reserva Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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      • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2019  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2019
        Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
          Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2020
          Pinot Noir from California
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        • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Elouan Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Elouan Pinot Noir 2018
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        • Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
          Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
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          • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
            Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir
              Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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