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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 Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2008  Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2008
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Argyle Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Argyle Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Chile
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  • Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Littorai Platt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Neely Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Neely Spring Ridge Vineyard Hidden Block Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Chehalem 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne 4 Barrel Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Expression 44° Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Expression 44° Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Erath Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Erath Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Wairau River Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Wairau River Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Fogdog Pinot Noir 2008
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    Robert Stemmler Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Boedecker Cellars Stewart Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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