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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  Front Label
    Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2016
      Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      Domaine du Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    • Brittan Cygnus Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Brittan Cygnus Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    • Zena Crown Vineyard Slope Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Zena Crown Vineyard Slope Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • WillaKenzie Estate Estate Pinot Noir 2016 Front Bottle Shot
      WillaKenzie Estate Estate Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Schug Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Schug Carneros Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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      • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Noir Riserva 2016  Front Label
        St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Noir Riserva 2016
        Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • A. Christmann Spatburgunder 2016  Front Label
        A. Christmann Spatburgunder 2016
        Pinot Noir from Pfalz, Germany
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        • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
          Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Montinore Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
          Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
          Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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        • Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Santa Barbara Winery Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Chanin Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        • Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Erath Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016  Front Label
          Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
          Pinot Noir from South Africa
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          • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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          • Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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            • St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
              St. Innocent Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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            • Joseph Swan Russian River Valley Cuvee de Trois Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
              Joseph Swan Russian River Valley Cuvee de Trois Pinot Noir 2016
              Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Copain Les Voisins Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                Copain Les Voisins Pinot Noir 2016
                Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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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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              • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
                Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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              • Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
                Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016
                Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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