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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 Mugneret-Gibourg Nuit Saint George Les Chaignots Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
    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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    Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules Premier Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Calera Jensen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010  Front Label
    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Peter Michael Clos Du Ciel Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Peter Michael Clos Du Ciel Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2010  Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Evening Land Spanish Springs Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Evening Land Spanish Springs Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    Kosta Browne Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Matetic Corralillo Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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    Rhys Vineyards Rhys Swan Terrace Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
    Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2010
    Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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