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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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  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from California
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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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      EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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    • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
        Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
        Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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        Golden West Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
        Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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      • Elouan Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
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        • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2017
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          • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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            Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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