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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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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Hanzell Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
      Hanzell Pinot Noir 1997
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • Acacia Pinot Noir Lee 1997 Front Label
      Acacia Pinot Noir Lee 1997
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    • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 1997
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      • Archery Summit Arcus Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
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        • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
          Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997
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          • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 1997
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            • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
              Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 1997
              Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Chenes Carteaux (scuffed label) 1997
                Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 1997 Front Label
                  Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 1997
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                  • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                    Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 1997
                    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Beaux Freres Belles Soeurs Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                      Beaux Freres Belles Soeurs Pinot Noir 1997
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                      • Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1997  Front Label
                        Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 1997
                        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                      • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                        Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997
                        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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                        • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997 Front Bottle Shot
                          Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997
                          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997 Front Bottle Shot
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                            Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                          • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1997 Front Bottle Shot
                            Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1997
                            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                            • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 1997 Front Label
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