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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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  • Urgency Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Urgency Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
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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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    • Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
        • TP90
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      • Maison Roy et Fils Incline Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Maison Roy et Fils Incline Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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        • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
          • TP92
          • WW91
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        • Aquinas Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Aquinas Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from North Coast, 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
            • JD91
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          • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
            Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019
            Pinot Noir from California
            • WW90
            • TP90
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          • Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
            • WW90
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          • Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
            • JD91
            • RP91
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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
            • JS93
            • WS92
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          • Martin Ray Synthesis Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Martin Ray Synthesis Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
            • JS94
            • RP91
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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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          • Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
            • WE93
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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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            • Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Napa Cellars Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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              • Walt Clos Pepe Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Walt Clos Pepe Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                • JD91
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              • Dalrymple Cottage Block Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Dalrymple Cottage Block Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
                • WE94
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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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              • Bonterra Organically Grown Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                Bonterra Organically Grown Pinot Noir 2019
                Pinot Noir from Mendocino, 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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                • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                  • Meiomi Pinot Noir  Front Label
                    Meiomi Pinot Noir
                    Pinot Noir from California
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