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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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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2005  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Greves Premier Cru Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus 2005
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005  Front Label
        Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005
        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005
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            Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2005
            Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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          • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
            Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru 2005
            Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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          • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
            Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005
            Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            Hanzell Pinot Noir 2005
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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          • Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005 Front Label
            Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005
            Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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          • Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
            Cambria Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
            Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2005  Front Label
                Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot Premier Cru 2005
                Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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              • J Vineyards Russian River Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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                • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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                    • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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                    • Barton & Guestier Bistro Wine Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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                      • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune Villages 2005 Front Label
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                          • Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St Jacques Premier Cru (375ml half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
                            Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St Jacques Premier Cru (375ml half-bottle) 2005
                            Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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