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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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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003 Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyeres Chambertin (scuffed label) 2003 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyeres Chambertin (scuffed label) 2003
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
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  • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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  • Archery Summit Arcus Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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  • Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Westside Road Neighbors Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beaux Freres The Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Beaux Freres The Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2003 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2003
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2003 Front Label
    Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2003
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2003
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambertin Clos-de-Beze 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine des Lambrays Les Loups Clos Des Lambrays 2003
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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