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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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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cirq Bootleggers Hill Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton Machado Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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  • Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Wayfarer The Traveler Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Wayfarer The Traveler Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • RAEN Royal St. Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    RAEN Royal St. Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Greywacke Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Domaine Denis Bachelet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Maranges La Fussiere Premier Cru Rouge 2016
    Pinot Noir from Maranges, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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