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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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    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine d'Eugenie Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Bernstein Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Olivier Bernstein Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine d'Eugenie Clos-Vougeot Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2011  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Marchand-Tawse Nuits-St-Georges Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2011  Front Label
    Marchand-Tawse Nuits-St-Georges Les Perrieres Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2011  Front Label
      Occidental Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth Pinot Noir 2011
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Bouchard Aine & Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011 Front Label
      Bouchard Aine & Fils Nuits-Saint-Georges 2011
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Paul Hobbs Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011  Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
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        • Domaine Arlaud Morey-St-Denis Les Ruchots Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
          Domaine Arlaud Morey-St-Denis Les Ruchots Premier Cru 2011
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          • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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          • Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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          • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
            Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
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          • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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            • Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
              Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2011
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            • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
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                • Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                  Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir 2011
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                • Louis Latour Pommard Premier Cru Epenots 2011 Front Label
                  Louis Latour Pommard Premier Cru Epenots 2011
                  Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Occidental Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station Pinot Noir (torn label) 2011 Front Label
                  Occidental Cuvee Catherine Occidental Station Pinot Noir (torn label) 2011
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                • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
                  Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2011
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                    Kistler Vineyards Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
                    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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