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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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    Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Oregon
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    • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017
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      • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Argyle Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        Argyle Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Raptor Ridge Barrel Select Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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        • Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
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        • Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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        • Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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          • WS93
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        • Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Simple Life Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Simple Life Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from California
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          • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017 Front Bottle Shot
            Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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            • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Acrobat Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Acrobat Pinot Noir 2017
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              • Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Elizabeth Rose Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Yountville, Napa Valley, California
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                • Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                  Patient Cottat Le Grand Caillou Pinot Noir 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Vin de France, France
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                  • Veramonte Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                    Veramonte Pinot Noir 2017
                    Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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                  • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                    Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2017
                    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                    • Love Noir Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                      Love Noir Pinot Noir 2017
                      Pinot Noir from California
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                      • Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                        Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017
                        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                        Momo Pinot Noir 2017
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                        • Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                          Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017
                          Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
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