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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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  • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2003 Front Bottle Shot
    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2003
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  • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Jadot Echezeaux 2003  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Echezeaux 2003
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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    • Littorai Les Enfants Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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      • Ambullneo Vineyards Bulldog Reserve Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
        Ambullneo Vineyards Bulldog Reserve Pinot Noir 2003
        Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
          Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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        • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
          Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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        • Williams Selyem Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Vista Verde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
          Pinot Noir from San Benito, Central Coast, California
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          • Hirsch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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            • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Les Cras Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
              Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Les Cras Premier Cru 2003
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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              Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            • Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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            • Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
              Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2003
              Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            • Deerfield Ranch Winery Cohn Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
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              • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2003
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                • Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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                • Lucien Le Moine Mazis Chambertin 2003 Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Serene Monogram Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
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                  • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                    Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003
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                  • Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2003 Front Label
                    Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2003
                    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2003 Front Bottle Shot
                      Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2003
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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