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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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  • Ponzi Laurelwood District Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Ponzi Laurelwood District Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    A to Z Essence Pinot Noir 2017
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    • Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Starmont Carneros Pinot Noir 2017
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    • Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2017
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      • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Greywacke Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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      • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
        Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, 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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      • Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Spy Valley Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Greg Norman Estates Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Greg Norman Estates Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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          • Scenic Root Winegrowers Forager Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
            Scenic Root Winegrowers Forager Pinot Noir 2017
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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            • Siduri Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
              Siduri Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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            • The Crossings Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              The Crossings Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Boen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Boen Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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            • Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
              CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
              Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              • Wine By Joe Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                Wine By Joe Pinot Noir 2017
                Pinot Noir from Oregon
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                • Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
                  Escarpment Pinot Noir 2017
                  Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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