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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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    Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
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    • Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard La Source Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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    • Pali Wine Co Summit Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
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      Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
      Aurelien Verdet Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2016
      Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Westwood Winery Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Westwood Winery Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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      Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Joseph Drouhin Nuits-St-Georges Proces Premier Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Nielson Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016
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      Domaine Denis Bachelet Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016
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    • Chanin Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Chanin Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2016
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      Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers Premier Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Lignier-Michelot Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Bertin 2016
      Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Lignier-Michelot Morey-St-Denis En la Rue de Vergy 2016
        Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Pierre Gelin Fixin Les Hervelets Premier Cru 2016
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        Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2016
        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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