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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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  • Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges 2005  Front Label
    Louis Latour Nuits-St-Georges 2005
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
      La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2005 Front Label
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        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2005  Front Label
        Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir 2005
        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2005 Front Label
        Laboure Roi Les Sangliers Pinot Noir Reserve 2005
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
          Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2005
          Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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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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          • Brancott Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
            Brancott Pinot Noir 2005
            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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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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            • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
              Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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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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            • Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
              Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2005
              Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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              • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2005
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2005
                Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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                • Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                  Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir 2005
                  Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                • Estancia Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                  Estancia Pinot Noir 2005
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                    Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir 2005
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                    • Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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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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                      • David Bruce Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                        David Bruce Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005
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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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                        • Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
                          Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
                          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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