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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 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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    Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018
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      Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Hacienda Araucano Humo Blanco Organic Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        Hacienda Araucano Humo Blanco Organic Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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        Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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        • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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        • Sea Sun by Charlie Wagner California Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Sea Sun by Charlie Wagner California Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from California
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          • Sean Minor 4B Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Sean Minor 4B Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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          • Santa Carolina Reserva Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
            Santa Carolina Reserva Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Leyda Valley, San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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          • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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            • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            • Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Tortoise Creek Mission Grove Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from California
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            • Boen Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Boen Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from California
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            • Vina Leyda Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Vina Leyda Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Leyda Valley, San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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              Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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            • Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Cycles Gladiator Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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              • Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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              • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                • Vina Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Vina Leyda Single Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Leyda Valley, San Antonio Valley (Chile), Chile
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                • Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                • Root 1 Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
                  Root 1 Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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                  • Maison L'Envoye Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                    Maison L'Envoye Straight Shooter Pinot Noir 2018
                    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • Alta Luna Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                    Alta Luna Pinot Noir 2018
                    Pinot Noir from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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