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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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  • Foxen John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Foxen John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
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    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
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    • Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
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      • Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
        Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
        Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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      • Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
        Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot  Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009  Front Label
          Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2009
          Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes (1.5L Magnum) 2009
          Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
          Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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        • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
          Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
          Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
            Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
            Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Olivier Bernstein Chambertin (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
            Olivier Bernstein Chambertin (slightly torn label - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
            Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
            Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
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            • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2013  Front Label
              Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2013
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
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            • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
              Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Volnay Clos de la Bousse d'Or Premier Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
              Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
                Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
                Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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