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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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  • 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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    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Zena Crown Vineyard Slope Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Zena Crown Vineyard Slope Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Bethel Heights Casteel Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Bethel Heights Casteel Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
      Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2015
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars Tanager Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Hamilton Russell Zena Crown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Hamilton Russell Zena Crown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Small Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
      Small Vines Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2014
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2016
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      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Fremieres 2017  Front Label
      Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Fremieres 2017
      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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