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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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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Jackson Estate Outland Ridge Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Ventana Arroyo Seco Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Ventana Arroyo Seco Estate Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eagle Peak, Mendocino, California
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    • Carmel Road North Crest Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Aquinas Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Aquinas Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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      • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from California
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      • Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Beckon Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016 Front Label
        Beckon Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016
        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
        Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, 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
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        MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • District 7 Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        District 7 Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Cadre The Architects Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
        Cadre The Architects Pinot Noir 2014
        Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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        • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
          Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
          Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
            Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014
            Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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          • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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          • Annabella Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Annabella Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
              Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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