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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 dominated 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 wine can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

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 the wine 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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  • Dominique Lafon Volnay Les Lurets Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
    Dominique Lafon Volnay Les Lurets Premier Cru 2009
    Pinot Noir from Volnay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2009  Front Label
      Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Clos du Roi Grand Cru 2009
      Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
        Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes Premier Cru 2009
        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
          Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru 2009
          Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Louis Jadot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2009  Front Label
          Louis Jadot Volnay Clos des Chenes Premier Cru 2009
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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          • La Follette Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
            La Follette Van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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            • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
              Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2009
              Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            • High Flyer Sierra Madre Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
              High Flyer Sierra Madre Pinot Noir 2009
              Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
                Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Ken Wright Cellars Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                DuMOL Estate Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
                Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
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              • Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Marcassin Three Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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              • Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                Rhys Vineyards Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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              • Bouchard Aine & Fils Pommard 2009 Front Label
                Bouchard Aine & Fils Pommard 2009
                Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                  Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2009
                  Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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                  • High Flyer Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                    High Flyer Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
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                    • Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                      Maysara Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    • Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                      Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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                    • Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009  Front Label
                      Rhys Vineyards Horseshoe Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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                    • Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
                      Calera de Villiers Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
                      Pinot Noir from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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