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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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  • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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  • Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2016 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2016
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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  • Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
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  • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Chile
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