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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 Tavola Pinot Noir 2018
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    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Vougeot Les Petits Vougeots Premier Cru 2018
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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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  • Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Santenay Beaurepaire Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2018
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  • Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018
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  • Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2018  Front Label
    Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Alto Limay Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Alto Limay Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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  • Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2018
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  • Cristom Paul Gerrie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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    Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Nico Grand Pere 2018
    Pinot Noir from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Pahlmeyer Jayson Pinot Noir 2018
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    RAEN Royal St. Robert Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Elk Cove Clay Court Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Elk Cove Clay Court Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bethel Heights Aeolian Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Bethel Heights Aeolian Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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