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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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  • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Chanin Los Alamos Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 2017
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    Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Canterbury, New Zealand
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    Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges La Fussiere Premier Cru Rouge 2016
    Pinot Noir from Maranges, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Greywacke Pinot Noir 2015
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    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
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    Albert Bichot Fixin Clos de la Perriere Premier Cru Monopole 2017
    Pinot Noir from Fixin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    David Duband Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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