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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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  • 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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  • Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Brittan Gestalt Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Brittan Gestalt Block Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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  • Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Carpe Diem Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Storm Pinot Noir Vrede 2016
    Pinot Noir from South Africa
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  • Domaine Gerard Raphet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cuvee Unique 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Gerard Raphet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Cuvee Unique 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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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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      • Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016 Front Label
        Remoissenet Nuits-St-Georges 2016
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2016
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        • Fort Ross Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Fort Ross Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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        • 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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        • 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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        • Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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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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        • Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
          Foxen Bien Nacido Block Eight Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Orogeny Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
          Orogeny Vineyards Green Valley Pinot Noir 2016
          Pinot Noir from Green Valley, 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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          • 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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          • Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            Adelsheim Breaking Ground Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
            CRU Montage Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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            Shoofly Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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            Abiouness Wines Ten Rows Pinot Noir 2016
            Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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            • Domaine Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2016 Front Label
              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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