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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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  • Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
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    • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
      Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 2005
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      Buena Vista Pinot Noir Ramal Vineyard Estate 2005
      Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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      Rochford Winery Macedon Ranges Pinot Noir 2005
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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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      • Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
        Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 2005 Front Label
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        Louis Jadot Pommard Les Rugiens Premier Cru 2005
        Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Ambullneo Vineyards Bulldog Reserve Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
        Ambullneo Vineyards Bulldog Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
        Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        Chalone Monterey County Pinot Noir 2005
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        • Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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          Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
          Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru 2005
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Red Car Amour Fou  2005 Front Label
          Red Car Amour Fou 2005
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          • Vincent Girardin Emotion de Terroir Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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            • Jerome Chezeaux Nuits-Saint-George Premier Cru Les Pruliers 2005 Front Label
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              • Jean-Claude Boisset Beaune Premier Cru Les Bressandes 2005 Front Label
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              • Vincent Girardin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2005 Front Label
                Vincent Girardin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2005
                Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Joseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2005 Front Label
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                • Jean-Claude Boisset Nuits-St-Georges Les Charbonnieres 2005 Front Label
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                      Pinot Noir from Mosel, Germany
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