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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 Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Chambolle-Musigny 2011
    Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Opawa Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Opawa Pinot Noir 2011
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  • Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint Georges Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
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    Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Latour Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru (1.5L Magnum) 2011
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine de Courcel Pommard Premier Cru Grand Clos des Epenots 2011
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Chorey-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton Bressandes 2011
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin La Combe Aux Moines Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Domaine Faiveley Pommard Rugiens Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Lecheneaut Nuits-St. Georges Damodes Premier Cru 2011
    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Tollot-Beaut Aloxe Corton 2011 Front Label
    Domaine Tollot-Beaut Aloxe Corton 2011
    Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Louis Latour Pommard 2011
    Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Patrice Rion Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru Nuits Saint Georges 2011
    Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    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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    Meiomi Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Pinot Noir from California
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    Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Bernardus Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Erath Prince Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
    Erath Prince Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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