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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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  • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Ampelos Cellars Lambda Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Pierre Leon Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Kiana Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Kiana Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Bonterra Organically Grown Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Bonterra Organically Grown Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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    Donkey & Goat Broken Leg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Lucienne Smith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    Lucienne Lone Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Chehalem Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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