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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 Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2012  Front Label
    Domaine Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Vieilles Vignes 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques Premier Cru 2012  Front Label
    Dominique Laurent Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques Premier Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Terra de Promissio Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Occidental SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Occidental SWK Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012 Front Label
      Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2012
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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      Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaune Clos du Roi Cuvee Signature 2012 Front Label
      Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaune Clos du Roi Cuvee Signature 2012
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2012
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
        Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
        Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
        Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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        • Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Trombetta Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Martinelli Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Martinelli Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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        • Peter Michael Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Peter Michael Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
          Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2012
          Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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        • Chapter 24 Fire + Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
          Chapter 24 Fire + Flood The Fire Pinot Noir 2012
          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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