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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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  • Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges 2014
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Kosta Browne Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
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  • Chapter 24 The Fire Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Chapter 24 The Fire Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Chapter 24 Fire + Flood The Flood Pinot Noir 2014
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    Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2014
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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