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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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    Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018
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      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir 2018
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    • La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
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      Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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          • Golden West Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
            Golden West Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            Three Sticks Price Family Estates Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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            Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            Bread & Butter Pinot Noir 2018
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              Smoking Loon Pinot Noir 2018
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                Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
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