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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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  • Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2007  Front Label
    Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2007
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Dujac Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2002  Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres Grand Cru 2002
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Nuit Saint George Les Chaignots Premier Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Chenes Carteaux 2002
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2008  Front Label
    Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2008
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Porrets St. Georges Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Porrets St. Georges Premier Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 1998  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 1998
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2010  Front Label
    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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    Calera Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Follin-Arbelet Aloxe-Corton Clos du Chapitre Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine Follin-Arbelet Aloxe-Corton Clos du Chapitre Premier Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2004 Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2004
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  • Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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