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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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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2017
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      • Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis Climats D'Or Premier Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Errazuriz Max Reserva Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        Errazuriz Max Reserva Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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      • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
        Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
        Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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      • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2017
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Stoller Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Argyle Pinot Noir 2017
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        Two Paddocks The Last Chance Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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      • Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2017  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2017
        Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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        • Penner-Ash Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Penner-Ash Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2017
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          Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
          Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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          Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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          Davis Bynum Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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