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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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  • Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 2003 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 2003
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    Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche 2003
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      Calera Mills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
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    • Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de la Marechale 2003 Front Label
      Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de la Marechale 2003
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          Lucien Le Moine Mazis Chambertin 2003
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          • Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2003
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            • Copain Hacienda Secoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
              Copain Hacienda Secoya Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
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              • Domaine Leroy Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2003
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              • Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2003
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                • Bouchaine Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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                  • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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                    • Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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                                • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
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                                • Rex Hill Kings Ridge Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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