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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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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Westwood Winery Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2017
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  • Cedar + Salmon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Cedar + Salmon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, 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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  • Ballard Lane Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Ballard Lane Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Solomon Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Solomon Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Gehricke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Gehricke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Elk Cove Five Mountain Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Elk Cove Five Mountain Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • El Pino Club Funky Jory Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    El Pino Club Funky Jory Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • B Side North Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    B Side North Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
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  • Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Gust Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Gust Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Hommage a Francoise Potel Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Beaune Hommage a Francoise Potel Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Firesteed Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Firesteed Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Oregon
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    Tree Fort Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Butternut Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Butternut Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Uncorked by Cosmopolitan Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from California
    • TP90
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