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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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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
    Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Follin-Arbelet Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2010 Front Label
      Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2010
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
      Patz & Hall Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir 2010
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, 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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    • 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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    • 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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      • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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      • Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
        Belle Glos Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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      • Domaine Pavelot Savigny-Les-Beaune Aux Guettes Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
        Domaine Pavelot Savigny-Les-Beaune Aux Guettes Premier Cru 2010
        Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
          Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
          Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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        • Kanzler Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010
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          • Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru Bressandes 2010 Front Label
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            • Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
              Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru 2010
              Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
                Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
                Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
                Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
                  Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses Clos de la Croix de Pierre Premier Cru 2010
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Michel Gay & Fils Beaune Toussaints Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2010 Front Label
                  Michel Gay & Fils Beaune Toussaints Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes 2010
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                • Littorai Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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                • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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                    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    Littorai The Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
                    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                  • Loring Wine Company Rosellas Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
                    Loring Wine Company Rosellas Pinot Noir 2010
                    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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