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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
    Pinot Noir from California
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      Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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      • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
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      • Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Sokol Blosser Evolution Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
        DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
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        • Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        • Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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        • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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          • Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Great Oregon Wine Co. Rascal Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Great Oregon Wine Co. Rascal Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Oregon
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              Bread & Butter Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from California
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              • Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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              • Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from California
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                  • Mirassou Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                    Mirassou Pinot Noir 2018
                    Pinot Noir from 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
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                    • Four Graces Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Four Graces Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    • Argyle Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Argyle Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                    • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                      Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                    • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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                    • Hahn Winery Monterey Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      Hahn Winery Monterey Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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