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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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  • Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Lemelson Thea's Select Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017 Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, 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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  • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016  Front Label
    Shea Estate Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard 2016
    Pinot Noir from Yamhill-Carlton District, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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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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  • 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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  • Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin Gevrey-Chambertin 2017
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
    • WS93
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  • Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Belle Glos Eulenoch Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Napa Valley, California
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  • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru 2017 Front Label
    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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  • Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Beaux Freres Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Beaux Freres The Beaux Freres Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2017  Front Label
    Louis Latour Beaune Vignes Franches Premier Cru 2017
    Pinot Noir from Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
    Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    • WS90
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  • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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