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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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  • Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Head High Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Two Sisters Lindsay's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Lincourt Rancho Santa Rosa Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    Maison Roche de Bellene Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kenwood Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Kenwood Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    EnRoute Winery Les Pommiers Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Beaune Cuvee du Cinquantenaire Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2017  Front Label
    Domaine de Bellene Nuits-St-Georges Vieilles Vignes 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Cuvee Sauvage Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Clos Pegase Mitsuko's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Smoke Tree Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2014
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    Three Sticks Price Family Estates Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Gloria Ferrer Carneros Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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