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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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  • DeLoach Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
    DeLoach Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
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    • Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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    • The Donum Estate Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
      The Donum Estate Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2006
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        • Amity Eco-Wine Pinot Noir (sulfite-free) 2006 Front Label
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          • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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          • Frederic Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots Premier Cru 2006  Front Bottle Shot
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            Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Rouge Margot 2006 Front Label
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              • Benziger Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                • Marimar Estate Dona Margarita Vineyard Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir (375ML) 2006 Front Label
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                • Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune La Montee Rouge 2006 Front Label
                  Domaine de la Vougeraie Beaune La Montee Rouge 2006
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                • Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                • Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • d'Arenberg The Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                    • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                    • Benziger Signaterra Bella Luna Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                    • WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                    • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                      • Panther Creek Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                      • Peay Vineyards Pomarium Estate Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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                        • Talley Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006 Front Label
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