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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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  • Hahn Monterey Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hahn Monterey Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
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  • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
    Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Peay Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dashwood Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Dashwood Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Hacienda Araucano Humo Blanco Organic Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
      Hacienda Araucano Humo Blanco Organic Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    • Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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    • Duck Hunter Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Duck Hunter Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    • J. Lohr Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      J. Lohr Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from California
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    • Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Soter Vineyards Planet Oregon Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Cooper Mountain Cooper Hill Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Cooper Mountain Cooper Hill Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Old Soul Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Old Soul Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Lodi, California
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        • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Hamilton Russell Zena Crown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Hamilton Russell Zena Crown Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • San Simeon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          San Simeon Pinot Noir 2018
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          • Lake Sonoma Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Lake Sonoma Winery Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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