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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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  • Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    Hyland Estates Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Meadowcroft Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Meadowcroft Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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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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  • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Niner Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Niner Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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    Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Dalrymple Cottage Block Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
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      Walt Clos Pepe Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      • WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Meiomi Pinot Noir 2019
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        • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2018
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          Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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          • Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
            Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2015
            Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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            • WE90
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