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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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  • Urgency Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Urgency Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
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    • Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      • Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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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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        • 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
          • JS91
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        • Aquinas Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Aquinas Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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          • Carmel Road North Crest Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
            Carmel Road North Crest Pinot Noir 2014
            Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            • MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
              MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
              • RP90
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            • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from California
              • WW90
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            • Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
              Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
              • TP91
              • WW90
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            • Kenwood Six Ridges Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Kenwood Six Ridges Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
                Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
                • RP90
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                • WS90
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              • Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
                Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir 2016
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
                • WW95
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                • JS93
                • WE92
                4.4 11 Ratings
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              • Cote des Roses Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Cote des Roses Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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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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                  • BH93
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                • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                  Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                  • Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
                    Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2014
                    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
                    • WE91
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                  • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                    Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
                    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                    • Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                      Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016
                      Pinot Noir from Oregon
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                    • Kenwood Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                      Kenwood Pinot Noir 2016
                      Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
                      • WW89
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                    • Chateau de Marsannay Marsannay Rouge 2017  Front Label
                      Chateau de Marsannay Marsannay Rouge 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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
                      • WE96
                      • WW92
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                    • Siduri Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Siduri Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
                      Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
                      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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