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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 Trapet Chambertin 2008  Front Label
    Domaine Trapet Chambertin 2008
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
      Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
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      Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2008 Front Label
        Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2008
        Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • MacMurray Ranch Winemaker's Block Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
        MacMurray Ranch Winemaker's Block Pinot Noir 2008
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      • Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
        Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Vine Hill Scintilla Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
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        Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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        • Domaine Anne et Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees Premier Cru 2008  Front Label
          Domaine Anne et Herve Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees Premier Cru 2008
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
            Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
            Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2008
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          • Jean-Claude Boisset Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008 Front Label
            Jean-Claude Boisset Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2008
            Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Alesia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
              Alesia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
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              • Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir 2008
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                • Westrey Justice Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                  Westrey Justice Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
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                • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                  Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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                • J. Christopher Appassionata Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
                  J. Christopher Appassionata Pinot Noir 2008
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                • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Santenay Clos Tavannes Premier Cru 2008  Front Label
                  Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Santenay Clos Tavannes Premier Cru 2008
                  Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2008
                    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2008
                    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                    Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008
                    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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                  • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2008  Front Label
                    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2008
                    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Boedecker Cellars Stewart Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                      Boedecker Cellars Stewart Pinot Noir 2008
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