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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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  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Westwood Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Westwood Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ponzi Laurelwood District Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Ponzi Laurelwood District Pinot Noir 2017
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    Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • A to Z Essence Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    A to Z Essence Pinot Noir 2017
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    • Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    • Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    • Resonance Decouverte Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Resonance Decouverte Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Bergstrom Silice Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Bergstrom Silice Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Sentiers Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
      Michel Magnien Chambolle-Musigny les Sentiers Premier Cru 2017
      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017  Front Label
      Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Forets St Georges Premier Cru Monopole 2017
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Resonance Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Resonance Resonance Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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