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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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    Louis Latour Chambertin Cuvee Heritiers Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Michel Gros Vosne Romanee Aux Brulees Premier Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Clos de la Tech Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Clos de la Tech Domaine Lois Louise Cote Sud Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010  Front Label
      Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Ken Wright Cellars Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    • Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        The Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Clos de la Tech Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Clos de la Tech Domaine Lois Louise Twisty Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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      • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from California
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        • Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
          Chanson Pere & Fils Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru 2010
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Miura Vineyards Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
          Miura Vineyards Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
          Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
            Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
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            • Siduri Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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              Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Westrey Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
              Westrey Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
              Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            • Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
              Clos de la Tech Santa Cruz Mountains Estates Pinot Noir 2010
              Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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            • Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle Musigny Les Chardannes 2010 Front Label
              Jean-Claude Boisset Chambolle Musigny Les Chardannes 2010
              Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Rochioli Little Hill Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
                Rochioli Little Hill Pinot Noir 2010
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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