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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 O.F.S. Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • A to Z Essence Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    A to Z Essence Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Oregon
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    Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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  • Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
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  • Bergstrom Silice Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Bergstrom Silice Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Brick House Cuvee du Tonnelier Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2015 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 2015
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Brick House Evelyn's Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Canterbury, New Zealand
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    Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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