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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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  • Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eagle Peak, Mendocino, California
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    Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Oregon Territory Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Oregon
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  • Kenwood Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Kenwood Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Etude Lyric Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Etude Lyric Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from California
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    • Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Stoller Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Xavier Monnot Beaune Les Cent Vignes Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
      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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    • Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    • Beckon Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016 Front Label
      Beckon Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Taken Wine Company Complicated Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      Taken Wine Company Complicated Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • William Hill Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
      William Hill Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Central Coast, 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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    • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
      Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Hitching Post Highliner Pinot Noir 2016
      Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, 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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      • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
        Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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      • Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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        Pacifica Pinot Noir (OU Kosher) 2016
        Pinot Noir from Oregon
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      • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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