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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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  • Joseph Drouhin Santenay 1997
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    • Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Au Velle 1997  Front Label
      Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin Au Velle 1997
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      • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1997 Front Bottle Shot
        Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 1997
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
          Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir 1997
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          • Charles Krug Napa Valley Pinot Noir 1997
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            • Hugel Jubilee Pinot Noir 1997
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              • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 1997 Front Label
                Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 1997
                Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Sokol Blosser Willamette Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                  Sokol Blosser Willamette Pinot Noir 1997
                  Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • Camelot Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                    Camelot Pinot Noir 1997
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                    • Bethel Heights Flat Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                      Bethel Heights Flat Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1997
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                      • Bethel Heights Southeast Block Reserve Pinot Noir 1997
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                        • Henry Estate Barrel Select Pinot Noir 1997
                          Pinot Noir from Umpqua Valley, Oregon
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                          • Willamette Valley Vineyards Hoodview Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                            Willamette Valley Vineyards Hoodview Vineyard Pinot Noir 1997
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                            • Martin Ray Russian River Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                              Martin Ray 2011 Russian River Pinot Noir 1997
                              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                              • Louis Jadot Marsannay Rouge 1997 Front Label
                                Louis Jadot Marsannay Rouge 1997
                                Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                                • Argyle Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                                  Argyle Pinot Noir 1997
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                                    • Lindeman’s Bin Series Pinot Noir Padthaway 1997 Front Label
                                      Lindeman’s Bin Series Pinot Noir Padthaway 1997
                                      Pinot Noir from Padthaway, South Australia, Australia
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                                      • Dom. Prince de Merode Ladoix Les Chaillots 1997
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                                        • Byron Sierra Madre Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
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                                        • Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                                          Williams Selyem Hirsch Pinot Noir 1997
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                                          • Seven Peaks Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                                            Seven Peaks Pinot Noir 1997
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                                            • Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
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                                              • Clos Du Val Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
                                                Clos Du Val Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 1997
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