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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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  • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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      Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • A to Z Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      A to Z Pinot Noir 2017
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      Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2017
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      • King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
        King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017  Front Label
        Louis Jadot Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017
        Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
        La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Meo-Camuzet Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes Premier Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino, California
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      • Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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      • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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        Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Evesham Wood Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Evesham Wood Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Schug Carneros Pinot Noir 2017
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        Joseph Drouhin Corton Grand Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
        Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017
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        Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2017
        Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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