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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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    Beckon Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard 2016
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  • Chanin Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir  2013 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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    Gary Farrell Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Lange Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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  • King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Louis Jadot Pommard 2016
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Bergstrom Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
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    Balletto Winery Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Bergstrom Silice Pinot Noir 2016
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Pommard Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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