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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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  • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018
    Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
      Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2018
      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Cristom Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
        • WS93
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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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      • Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2018  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Cote de Nuits Villages 2018
        Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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        • 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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        • Vina Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Vina Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Leyda Valley, San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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        • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Pinot Noir Reserva 2018  Front Label
            Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Pinot Noir Reserva 2018
            Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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          • Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Elk Cove Mount Richmond Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
            • JS93
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          • Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2018  Front Label
            Michel Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis 2018
            Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Albert Bichot Corton Clos Des Marechaudes Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
              Albert Bichot Corton Clos Des Marechaudes Grand Cru 2018
              Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Michel Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Michel Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
                Michel Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2018
                Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages 2018  Front Label
                Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages 2018
                Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
                  • JS92
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                • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
                  • WW90
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