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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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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Morgan Twelve Clones Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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    Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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    EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru Rouge 2018  Front Label
    Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru Rouge 2018
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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  • Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Lucienne Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvee Reserve 2018  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Pinot Noir Cuvee Reserve 2018
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    El Pino Club Funky Jory Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    El Pino Club Sea Floored Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Bergstrom Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Chateau de Santenay Beaune Montee Rouge Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
    Chateau de Santenay Beaune Montee Rouge Premier Cru 2018
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2018  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Gevrey Chambertin Les Murots 2018
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Soter Vineyards North Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Meyer-Nakel Ahr Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Ahr, Germany
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  • A to Z Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    A to Z Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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