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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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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (scuffed labels) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016  Front Label
    Albert Bichot Savigny Les Beaune 2016
    Pinot Noir from Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Masut Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
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  • Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes 2009 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016 Front Label
    Bouchard Pere & Fils Nuits-St-Georges Les Cailles Premier Cru 2016
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  • Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Maldonado Parr Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
    Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Pali Wine Co Fiddlestix Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Pali Wine Co Fiddlestix Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2014 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru 2014
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Albert Bichot Morey-St-Denis Les Sorbets Premier Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Olivier Bernstein Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015 Front Label
    Olivier Bernstein Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Kosta Browne Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 2013
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Kosta Browne Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2016
    Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
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  • Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
    Benton Lane First Class Pinot Noir 2012
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges Aux Boudots Premier Cru 2015
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Erath Leland Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Siduri Parsons' Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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