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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 dominated 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 wine can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Pinot Noir Food Pairings

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 the wine 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 Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
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    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Belle Glos Las Alturas Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Sea Smoke Cellars Ten Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
      Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Zephirine Pinot Noir 2017
      Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        Byron Julia's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
        Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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        Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Merry Edwards Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        DuMOL Wester Reach Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Byron John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015
        Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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      • Louis Latour Chambolle-Musigny 2016 Front Label
        Louis Latour Chambolle-Musigny 2016
        Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Languedoc, South of France, France
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      • Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Hartford Court Russian River Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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        Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2016
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Ponzi Tavola Pinot Noir 2018
        Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from California
        • WW90
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