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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 dominated 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 wine can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

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 the wine 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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  • Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005  Front Label
    Sea Smoke Cellars Botella Pinot Noir (wrinkled labels) 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurene Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005 Front Label
    Domaine des Lambrays Clos Des Lambrays 2005
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Siduri Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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  • Benziger Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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  • Etude Carneros Estate Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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  • Keller Estate La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Keller Estate La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
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  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2005  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Rouge 2005
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Hartford Court Land's Edge Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Hartford Court Land's Edge Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    DuMOL Aidan Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Longoria Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir 2005
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    Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
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    Palliser Estate Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2005 Front Label
    Kenwood Russian River Pinot Noir 2005
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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