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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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  • David Duband Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
    David Duband Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
    Failla Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    • Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009  Front Bottle Shot
      Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine Leroy Volnay-Santenots du Milieu (signs of past seepage) 2009 Front Bottle Shot
      Domaine Leroy Volnay-Santenots du Milieu (signs of past seepage) 2009
      Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Ken Wright Cellars Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars Abbott Claim Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      DeLoach Green Valley Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars McCrone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Littorai The Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Littorai The Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
        Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Sea Smoke Cellars One Barrel Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
        Sea Smoke Cellars One Barrel Pinot Noir 2009
        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 2009 Front Label
          Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 2009
          Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009 Front Label
            Domaine Ponsot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2009
            Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • George Wine Company Hansen Vineyards Vintage VII Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
              George Wine Company Hansen Vineyards Vintage VII Pinot Noir 2009
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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