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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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  • DuMOL Connor Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
    DuMOL Connor Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
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    Rhys Vineyards Skyline Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, 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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    Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Kosta Browne Koplen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Cirq Treehouse Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2012 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de Thorey Monopole Premier Cru 2012
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Peter Michael Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Peter Michael Ma Danseuse Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Bonaccorsi Bentrock Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Giant Steps Gladysdale Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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