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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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  • Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Louis Latour Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
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  • Brittan Gestalt Block Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Pinot Noir from Sancerre, Loire, France
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  • Lange Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Lange Winery Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Big Basin Coastview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Sanford Sanford and Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • St. Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Long Meadow Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Stewart Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Stewart Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chanin Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Chanin Duvarita Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015 Front Label
    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Bergstrom Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Bergstrom Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • WindVane Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    WindVane Estate Grown Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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