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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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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Domaine Serene Gold Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
        Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
        Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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        • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2003 Front Label
          Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2003
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003 Front Label
          Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Laboure Roi Bourgogne Rouge Maximum Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
          Laboure Roi Bourgogne Rouge Maximum Pinot Noir 2003
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
            Williams Selyem Flax Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • W.H. Smith Maritime Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
            W.H. Smith Maritime Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Wild Horse Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
            Wild Horse Pinot Noir 2003
            Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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            • Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2003 Front Label
              Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2003
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Echelon Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                Echelon Pinot Noir 2003
                Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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                • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                  Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2003
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                  Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                  Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir 2003
                  Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                    Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2003
                    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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                    • Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                      Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2003
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                      • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                        Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2003
                        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                        • Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003 Front Label
                          Vincent Girardin Pommard Chalins V.V. 2003
                          Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                        • Alamos Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                          Alamos Pinot Noir 2003
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                          • TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                            TAZ Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2003
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                            • Papapietro Perry Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                              Papapietro Perry Peters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
                              Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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                            • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
                              J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2003
                              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                              • Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2003 Front Label
                                Byron Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2003
                                Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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                                • MacRostie Pinot Noir 2003
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                                  • Mark West Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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