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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 de Montille Pommard Les Pezerolles Premier Cru 2001
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2001 Front Label
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        Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru (signs of past seepage) 2001
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        • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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        • Martinelli Russian River Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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          • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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          • Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots (chipped wax capsules) 2001 Front Label
            Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots (chipped wax capsules) 2001
            Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2001  Front Bottle Shot
              Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2001
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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              • Martinelli Seven Mules Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
                Martinelli Seven Mules Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
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                • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
                  Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
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                  • Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2001 Front Label
                    Vincent Girardin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2001
                    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Roar Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir (slightly torn label) 2001 Front Label
                      Roar Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir (slightly torn label) 2001
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                      • Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
                        Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001
                        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts (stained labels) 2001 Front Label
                        Emmanuel Rouget Vosne-Romanee Les Beaumonts (stained labels) 2001
                        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                        • Domaine Leroy Savigny-les-Beaune Les Narbantons Premier Cru 2001
                          Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                          • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2001  Front Label
                            Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2001
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                            • Domaine Leroy Pommard Les Vignots 2001
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                              • Roar Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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                                Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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                                • Calera Selleck Vineyard Pinot Noir 2001 Front Label
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                                  Pinot Noir from San Benito, Central Coast, California
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                                  • Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2001  Front Label
                                    Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 2001
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