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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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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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  • Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Pike Road Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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  • Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2018 Front Label
    Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster 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
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Merry Edwards Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Brittan Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from McMinnville, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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  • Peregrine Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
    Peregrine Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    SeaGlass Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Holm Oak Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Tasmania, Australia
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Beaune Clos de la Mousse Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Metz Road Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Metz Road Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from California
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  • Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Talbott Kali-Hart Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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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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  • Landmark Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Landmark Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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