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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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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Domaine Nico Grand Pere 2017
    Pinot Noir from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • RAEN Home Field Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    RAEN Home Field Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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