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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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      Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      Flowers 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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      La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
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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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      • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Chile
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          Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from California
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        • Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Louis Jadot Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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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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          • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
            DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
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            • Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Pike Road 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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            • 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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              • Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016  Front Label
                Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016
                Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
                  Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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
                  • WW92
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                • Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                  Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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