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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 Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 2003 Front Label
    Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 2003
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2003
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  • Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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  • David Bruce Russian River Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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  • Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot 2003 Front Label
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  • Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Rochioli River Block Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Les Cras Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
    Domaine de la Vougeraie Vougeot Les Cras Premier Cru 2003
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  • Beaux Freres Belles Soeurs Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Dom. Prince de Merode Corton Clos du Roi 2003
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Amisfield Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Amisfield Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Kistler Vineyards Bodega Headlands Vineyard Cuvee Elisabeth Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche 2003 Front Label
    Dominique Laurent Clos de la Roche 2003
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  • Byron Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Cork-Free 2003 Front Label
    WillaKenzie Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Cork-Free 2003
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 Front Label
    Williams Selyem Peay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003 Front Label
    Peter Michael Le Moulin Rouge Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2003 Front Label
    Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis La Riotte Premier Cru 2003
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2003
    Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Perrot-Minot Chambertin Clos-de-Beze 2003
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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