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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 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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    Pinot Noir from Umpqua Valley, Oregon
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    • Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 1994 Front Label
      Domaine Dujac Echezeaux Grand Cru 1994
      Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 1994 Front Label
        Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 1994
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Rochioli West Block Pinot Noir 1994
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        • Banfi Belnero Pinot Nero 1994
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          • Joseph Drouhin Pernand Vergelesses 1994 Front Label
            Joseph Drouhin Pernand Vergelesses 1994
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            • Kistler Vineyards Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 1994 Front Label
              Kistler Vineyards Camp Meeting Ridge Pinot Noir 1994
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • Joseph Drouhin Charmes Chambertin 1994 Front Label
              Joseph Drouhin Charmes Chambertin 1994
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              • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot 1994 Front Label
                Domaine Meo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot 1994
                Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 1994 Front Label
                Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 1994
                Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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              • Kistler Vineyards Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 1994 Front Bottle Shot
                Kistler Vineyards Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 1994
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                • Vincent Girardin Santenay La Maladiere Premier Cru 1994  Front Label
                  Vincent Girardin Santenay La Maladiere Premier Cru 1994
                  Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    Au Bon Climat Isabelle Pinot Noir 1994
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                    • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 1994 Front Label
                      Joseph Drouhin Beaune Greves Premier Cru 1994
                      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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