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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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    Sylvain Cathiard Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Murgers Premier Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos des 60 Ouvrees Premier Cru Monopole 2009
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
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  • Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, 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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  • 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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  • Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, 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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      Williams Selyem Bucher Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from 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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    • Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
      Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2009
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2009  Front Label
      Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2009
      Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay 2009 Front Label
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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 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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          • Hanzell Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
            Hanzell Pinot Noir 2009
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            George Wine Company Hansen Vineyards Vintage VII Pinot Noir 2009
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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