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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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  • Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Beze Les Ouvrees Rodin Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Faiveley Chambertin-Clos de Beze Les Ouvrees Rodin Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Maison L'Envoye The Attache Pinot Noir 2014
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    Domaine de Montille Volnay Les Taillepieds Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Rhys Vineyards Home Vineyard Pinot Noir (stained labels) 2014  Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Home Vineyard Pinot Noir (stained labels) 2014
    Pinot Noir from San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, California
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  • Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Claypool Cellars CC Pachyderm Thorn Ridge Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Dom. Taupenot-Merme Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air Premier Cru 2014 Front Label
    Dom. Taupenot-Merme Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Varner Spring Ridge Vineyard Picnic Block Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Varner Spring Ridge Vineyard Picnic Block Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Chambertin-Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Frederic Magnien Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Dom. Taupenot-Merme Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2014  Front Label
    Dom. Taupenot-Merme Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Hudelot-Noellat Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Emmanuel Rouget Echezeaux Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Patton Valley Ten Acre Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Patton Valley Ten Acre Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Dom. Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Dom. Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Cobb Wines Coastlands Vineyard Old Firs Block Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Morlet Coteaux Nobles Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    Morlet Coteaux Nobles Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Marchand-Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2014  Front Label
    Marchand-Tawse Corton Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Thomas Winery Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    Thomas Winery Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Marquis d'Angerville Volnay Champans Premier Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2014  Front Label
    Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Marchand-Tawse Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014  Front Label
    Marchand-Tawse Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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