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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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  • Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Brooks Rastaban Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Ken Brown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Ken Brown Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Ojai Kessler-Haak Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Talley Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sonnet Black Ridge Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Sonnet Black Ridge Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Vincent Girardin Corton Rognet Grand Cru 2015  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Corton Rognet Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bonaccorsi J.L. Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Bonaccorsi J.L. Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Weingut Friedrich Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Weingut Friedrich Becker Pfalz Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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  • Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Claiborne & Churchill Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Champ de Reves Skycrest Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Champ de Reves Skycrest Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Ojai Puerta Del Mar Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Wait Cellars Devoto Garden Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Wait Cellars Devoto Garden Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lioco La Selva Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Lioco La Selva Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, 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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    Neyers Roberts Road Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Sonnet Muns Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Brick & Mortar Cougar Rock Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California
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