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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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  • 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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    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
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    Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Two Paddocks The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2018
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    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Wayfarer Mother Rock Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Wayfarer Mother Rock Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2017
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    Sonoma Coast Vineyards Freestone Hills Pinot Noir 2017
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      Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
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      Pierre Gelin Gevrey Chambertin Clos de Meixvelle 2017
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
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      Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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        Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2015
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Williams Selyem Precious Mountain Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        The Withers English Hill Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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