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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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  • Rochioli Barrel Select Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
    Rochioli Barrel Select Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • Miura Vineyards Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
      Miura Vineyards Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Sean Thackrey Andromeda Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
        Sean Thackrey Andromeda Pinot Noir 2002
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        • Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002 Front Label
          Domaine Fourrier Chambolle-Musigny Les Gruenchers Premier Cru Vieille Vigne 2002
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Flowers Keefer Ranch Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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          • Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
            Domaine Perrot-Minot Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts Premier Cru 2002
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            • Rochioli Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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            • Martinelli Bella Vigna Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
              Martinelli Bella Vigna Pinot Noir 2002
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              • Domaine Robert Groffier Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
                Domaine Robert Groffier Pere & Fils Chambolle Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2002
                Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Roar Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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              • Ojai Clos Pepe Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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              • Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002 Front Label
                Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002
                Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                • Kistler Vineyards Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Bottle Shot
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                • Martinelli Seven Mules Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Bottle Shot
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                • Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002 Front Label
                  Sylvain Cathiard Vosne-Romanee (torn labels) 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
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                    • Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
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                      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                      Domaine Perrot-Minot Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2002
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                      • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                      • Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002  Front Label
                        Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru 2002
                        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                        Domaine Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune La Dominode Premier Cru 2002
                        Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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