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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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  • 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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    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Williams Selyem Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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  • Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Savigny-les-Beaune Les Lavieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Les Gravieres Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santenay, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard 2017
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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    Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2017
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    Argyle Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Calera Central Coast Pinot Noir 2017
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    Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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    Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
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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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    Ojai Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2017
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    Maison Chanzy Mercurey Clos du Roy Premier Cru Rouge 2017
    Pinot Noir from Mercurey, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
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    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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    Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges 2017
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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