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Pinot Noir

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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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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • WS92
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  • Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • RP93
    • V93
    • W&S92
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  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • JS95
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    • WW93
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  • Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • WE95
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    • JS91
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE93
    • WS90
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  • Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from California
    • WE91
    • D91
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  • Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Foley Estate Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Landmark Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Landmark Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Flowers Sea View Ridge Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • WS93
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    • RAEN Home Field Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      RAEN Home Field Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • RP94
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    • Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
      • WS91
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    • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Tolpuddle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
      • RP93
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    • Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Oregon
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    • Bruno Colin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Bruno Colin Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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      • Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Sojourn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • RELAX Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
        RELAX Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Rheinhessen, Germany
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        • Siduri Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Siduri Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru  2016 Front Label
          Domaine Francois Lumpp Givry A Vigne Rouge Premier Cru 2016
          Pinot Noir from Givry, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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          • RP92
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        • Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
          • JS92
          • WS91
          • RP91
          • TP90
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