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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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  • Williams Selyem Mendocino Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Mendocino Pinot Noir 1998
    Pinot Noir from Mendocino, California
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    • Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
      Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir 1998
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Rochioli Little Hill Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
      Rochioli Little Hill Pinot Noir 1998
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee 1998 Front Label
      Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee 1998
      Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Anne Gros Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d'Orveau 1998 Front Label
        Domaine Anne Gros Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d'Orveau 1998
        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
          DuMOL Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 1998
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
            Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 1998
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 1998 Front Label
            Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 1998
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Morgan Pisoni Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir  1998 Front Label
              Morgan Pisoni Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 1998
              Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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              • Etude Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
                Etude Pinot Noir 1998
                Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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                • Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 1998  Front Label
                  Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin Grand Cru 1998
                  Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                  • Baron de la Charriere Bonnes Mares 1998  Front Label
                    Baron de la Charriere Bonnes Mares 1998
                    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                    • Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1998 Front Label
                      Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot 1998
                      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                      • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 1998  Front Label
                        Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 1998
                        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                      • Dehlinger Octagon Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
                        Dehlinger Octagon Pinot Noir 1998
                        Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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                      • Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 1998  Front Label
                        Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 1998
                        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                      • Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 1998  Front Label
                        Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 1998
                        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                        • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 1998
                          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                          • Domaine Lucien Boillot Pommard Les Croix Noires Premier Cru (bin soiled labels) 1998
                            Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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                            • Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 1998 Front Label
                              Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 1998
                              Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                              • Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
                                Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot Noir 1998
                                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                                • Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998 Front Label
                                  Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 1998
                                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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