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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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  • Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    • Hyland Estates Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Hyland Estates Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Pali Wine Co Riviera Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Pali Wine Co Riviera Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
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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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    • Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2018
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    • Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Siduri Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Cote des Roses Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
      Cote des Roses Pinot Noir 2018
      Pinot Noir from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
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      • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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      • Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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      • Siduri Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Siduri Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
        Meiomi Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from California
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        • Decoy Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Decoy Pinot Noir 2018
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        • Old Soul Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Old Soul Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018
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        • Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Aconcagua Valley, Chile
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        • Boen California Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Boen California Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from California
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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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        • Boen Russian River Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Boen Russian River Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, 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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        • Black Stallion Winery Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Black Stallion Winery Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Carneros, 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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        • 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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        • Alta Luna Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Alta Luna Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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