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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 Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Cherbaudes Premier Cru 2006  Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Cherbaudes Premier Cru 2006
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jacques 2006 Front Label
      Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jacques 2006
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
      Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
      Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from California
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    • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru (scuffed label) 2006 Front Label
      Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru (scuffed label) 2006
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Domaine Arlaud Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru (stained back label) 2006  Front Label
        Domaine Arlaud Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru (stained back label) 2006
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Kutch Wines Russian River Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
        Kutch Wines Russian River Pinot Noir 2006
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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        • Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
          Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2006
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
            Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir 2006
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          • Bouchard Aine & Fils Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 2006 Front Label
            Bouchard Aine & Fils Chambolle-Musigny Les Cras 2006
            Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2006 Front Label
              Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots-du-Milieu 2006
              Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
              Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir 2006
              Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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