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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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  • Domaine Ponsot Morey Saint Denis Cuvee des Alouettes Premier Cru 2008 Front Label
    Domaine Ponsot Morey Saint Denis Cuvee des Alouettes Premier Cru 2008
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Freeman Akiko's Cuvee Pinot Noir 2008
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2008
        Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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      • Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
        Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Murphy-Goode California Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
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        • Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
          Calera Ryan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
          Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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        • Cloudline Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
          Cloudline Pinot Noir 2008
          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
            Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir 2008
            Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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            • Benziger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
              Benziger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2008
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2008
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2008
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux (stained label) 2008 Front Label
                Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux (stained label) 2008
                Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
                  Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
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                • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                  Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
                  Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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                • Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2008  Front Label
                  Williams Selyem Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2008
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                  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                    Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2008
                    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                    Francis Ford Coppola Director's Cut Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2008
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                    • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                      Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                    • Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2008 Front Label
                      Sea Smoke Cellars Southing Pinot Noir (1.5L Magnum) 2008
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                      • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2008
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                      • Kistler Vineyards Cuvee Catherine Pinot Noir 2008
                        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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                      • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
                        Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard La Masia Pinot Noir 2008
                        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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