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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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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
    • TP92
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  • Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Huntington Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
    • WW89
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  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
    • WW89
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  • Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • WW93
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  • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
    • WW92
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
    • WS92
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  • SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2018  Front Label
      Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Rouge 2018
      Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
      • WW90
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    • Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
      • WS95
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    • The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • Elouan Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Elouan Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Oregon
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      • Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Verum Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Verum Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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      • Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Knotty Vines Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
        • TP90
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      • Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018  Front Label
        Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune 2018
        Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Chloe Monterey County Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • Erath Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Erath Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Oregon
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          • Failla Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Failla Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Chile
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