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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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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2013 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Andrew Rich Age of Majority Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2015 Front Label
    Andrew Rich Age of Majority Pinot Noir (Willamette Barrel Auction) 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Elouan Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
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      • Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
        Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
        Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Eagle Peak, Mendocino, California
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      • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      • Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges 2016  Front Label
        Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges 2016
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2009 Front Label
        Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2009
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Cline Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Cline Pinot Noir 2018
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        • Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
          Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2014
          Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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        • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
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        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Chalone Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Chalone Estate Pinot Noir 2016
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        • Wayfarer The Traveler Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Wayfarer The Traveler Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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          Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2015
          Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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