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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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  • Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2002
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Domaine Fournier Sancerre Rouge 2002 Front Label
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        • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
          Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          Wild Horse Pinot Noir 2002
          Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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          • Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
            Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2002
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Zenith Vineyards Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
            Zenith Vineyards Pinot Noir 2002
            Pinot Noir from New Zealand
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            • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
              Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2002
              Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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            • Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
              Bouchard Pere & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2002
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Parducci Williamette Valley Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                Parducci Williamette Valley Pinot Noir 2002
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                  Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Brancott Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                  Brancott Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002
                  Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                    Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2002
                    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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                  • Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                    Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir 2002
                    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002 Front Label
                      Devillard Domaine des Perdrix Echezeaux 2002
                      Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                    • Kistler Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                      • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                        Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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                      • Melville Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                        Melville Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002
                        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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                      • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
                        Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2002
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                        • Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                          • Landmark Kastania Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
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                            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                            Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2002
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                                Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir 2002
                                Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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