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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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  • Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2008  Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2008
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-Saint-Georges La Richemone Premier Cru Cuvee Ultra 2008
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Ponzi Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Roco Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008
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    Soter Vineyards Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Etude Carneros Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot 2008
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Luca Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Luca Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Argentina
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    Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Natalie Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Aubert Reuling Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    MacMurray Ranch Winemaker's Block Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jerome Chezeaux Vosne-Romanee Premier Crus Les Suchots 2008 Front Label
    Jerome Chezeaux Vosne-Romanee Premier Crus Les Suchots 2008
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2008
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  • Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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    August Kesseler N Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Rheingau, Germany
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