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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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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune du Chateau Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Eden Rift Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Nicolas-Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Nicolas-Jay Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Solena Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Solena Estate Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Solena Estate Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Solena Estate Domaine Danielle Laurent Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, 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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  • LOLA Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    LOLA Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Avid Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Siduri Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Siduri Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Steele Shooting Star Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Lake County, North Coast, California
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  • Gainey Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Gainey Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Cuvee Sauvage Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Cuvee Sauvage Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Elouan Klamath's Kettle Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Elouan Klamath's Kettle Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Rogue Valley, Oregon
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  • Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Elouan Missoulan Wash Reserve Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Elouan Missoulan Wash Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Domaine Pierre Guillemot Savigny-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Lioco Sonoma Coast Laguna Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Lioco Sonoma Coast Laguna Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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