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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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    Cline Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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      Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2018
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      • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        • Raeburn Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Raeburn Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
            Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
            Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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          • Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Nero 2018  Front Label
            Abbazia di Novacella Pinot Nero 2018
            Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
              Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
              Pinot Noir from Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
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            • J. Lohr Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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              Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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              • Rickshaw Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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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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                • Alto Tierruca Reserva Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Alto Tierruca Reserva Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Curico Valley, Chile
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                  • DAOU Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                    DAOU Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
                    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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                    • The Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                      The Dreaming Tree Pinot Noir 2018
                      Pinot Noir from California
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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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                        • Firesteed Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                          Firesteed Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
                          Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                            • Game of Thrones Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                              Game of Thrones Pinot Noir 2018
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                              • Purple Hands Lone Oak Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                Purple Hands Lone Oak Pinot Noir 2018
                                Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                                • Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                  Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2018
                                  Pinot Noir from South Africa
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                                • Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                  Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
                                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                                  • Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                    Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir 2018
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                                    • Save Me, San Francisco Soul Sister Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
                                      Save Me, San Francisco Soul Sister Pinot Noir 2018
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                                      • Portillo Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                        Portillo Pinot Noir 2018
                                        Pinot Noir from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                                        • Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                          Dark Horse Pinot Noir 2018
                                          Pinot Noir from California
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                                          • Shelter Bay Homestead Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                                            Shelter Bay Homestead Pinot Noir 2018
                                            Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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