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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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  • Meiomi Pinot Noir  Front Label
    Meiomi Pinot Noir
    Pinot Noir from California
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    • Lemelson Thea's Selection Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
      Lemelson Thea's Selection Pinot Noir 2019
      Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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      Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir 2020
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    • DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
      DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2020
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      • Head High Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
        Head High Wines Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2019
        Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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        Hahn Founder's Pinot Noir 2019
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        • Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
          Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
          Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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          Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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          Schug Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
          Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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        • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
          Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
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        • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
          Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2018
          Pinot Noir from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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        • Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
          Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019
          Pinot Noir from Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
            Belle Glos Dairyman Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020
            Pinot Noir from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
              La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2020
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              • Angeline California Pinot Noir 2020  Front Label
                Angeline California Pinot Noir 2020
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              • Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                Kosta Browne Gap's Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
                Pinot Noir from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Cakebread Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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                • Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2019
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                • Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Wayfarer Wayfarer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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                • Walt La Brisa Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Walt La Brisa Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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                • Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2011  Front Label
                  Bouchard Pere & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2011
                  Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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                • Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
                  Bouchard Pere & Fils Reserve Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019
                  Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France
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                • Apolloni Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                  Apolloni Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2018
                  Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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                  • V90
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