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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 dominated 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 wine can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

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 the wine 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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  • Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 2012  Front Label
    Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 2012
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Francis Tannahill The Hermit Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Francis Tannahill The Hermit Pinot Noir 2012
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      • Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Giesen Clayvin Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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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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      • JCB No. 7 Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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        Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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        • Ghostwriter Aptos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Ghostwriter Aptos Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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          • Baker Lane Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
            Baker Lane Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
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          • Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
            Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2012
            Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Ampelos Cellars Lambda Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
              Ampelos Cellars Lambda Pinot Noir 2012
              Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny les Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2012 Front Label
              Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny les Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2012
              Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Antiquum Farm Juel Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                Antiquum Farm Juel Pinot Noir 2012
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                Baker Lane Sonoma Coast Cuvee Pinot Noir 2012
                Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                  Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012
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                • Winderlea Legacy Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                  Winderlea Legacy Pinot Noir 2012
                  Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Anam Cara Reserve Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                  Anam Cara Reserve Estate Pinot Noir 2012
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                • WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                  WillaKenzie Estate Aliette Pinot Noir 2012
                  Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2012  Front Label
                  Domaine Cecile Tremblay Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2012
                  Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Timbre Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                    Timbre Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                    • Timbre The Headliner Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                      Timbre The Headliner Presqu'ile Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                      • Chehalem Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                        Chehalem Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                        Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                      • Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
                        Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
                        Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                        • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Monopole Rouge 2012 Front Label
                          Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieure Monopole Rouge 2012
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                            • Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                              Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                              Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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