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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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  • Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eagle Peak, Mendocino, California
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    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Pali Wine Co Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
      Pali Wine Co Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
      Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014
      Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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    • Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
      Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014
      Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          Meiomi Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from California
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        • Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • J Vineyards California Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
          J Vineyards California Pinot Noir 2017
          Pinot Noir from California
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        • Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Kenwood Six Ridges Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
          Kenwood Six Ridges Pinot Noir 2017
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          • Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
            Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016
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          • Lucien Le Moine Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetiers Premier Cru 2014 Front Label
            Lucien Le Moine Gevrey-Chambertin Cazetiers Premier Cru 2014
            Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
            Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2016
            Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2013
            Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Chamisal Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
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          • Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
            Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014
            Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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            Aquinas Pinot Noir 2017
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              La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2017
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              Elouan Pinot Noir 2017
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