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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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95-98 points Jasper Morris, MW: Imperial dense black purple, the nose is restrained at first though a floral headiness is lurking stems show a bit more. A little strictness in the mouth, the stems again, but there is a lovely whole berry intense violet and raspberry fruit, impressive intensity in… ...
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Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-St-Vivant 2016  (#335035)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95-98 points Jasper Morris, MW: Imperial dense black purple, the nose is restrained at first though a floral headiness is lurking stems show a bit more. A little strictness in the mouth, the stems again, but there is a lovely whole berry intense…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
JM 95-98
V 96
WA 95
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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: no tasting note given (Jan 2018). 93-96 points Jasper Morris, MW: Richer deeper bright colour, with a firmer more backward nose (compared to the Mazy-Chambertin). It has the same dark red cherry fruit profile but with a little extra intensity, certainly a memorable finish,… ...
TA 96
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WS 95
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Rousseau Clos de la Roche 2016  (#333539)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: no tasting note given (Jan 2018). 93-96 points Jasper Morris, MW: Richer deeper bright colour, with a firmer more backward nose (compared to the Mazy-Chambertin). It has the same dark red cherry fruit profile but with a…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
TA 96
JM 93-96
WS 95
92-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Gevrey-Perrières is medium-light in weight with red cherry and red currant fruit, and it shows good freshness and energy, plus some finesse. It is a very fine example of the Perrières terroir. I believe that this wine is to be commercialized under the Arnaud Mortet… ...
FWR 92-95
WS 94
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Mortet/Arnaud Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru La Perriere 2016  (#333321)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92-95 points Fine Wine Review: The Gevrey-Perrières is medium-light in weight with red cherry and red currant fruit, and it shows good freshness and energy, plus some finesse. It is a very fine example of the Perrières terroir. I believe that this…

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98 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Pinot Noir Le Caprice is flat out gorgeous! Black cherries, currants, toasted oak, caramelized raspberries, and exotic flower notes all soar from the glass of this rich, full-bodied, yet elegant, seamless Pinot Noir. It has fine, fine tannin, no hard edges, beautiful… ...
JD 98
WA 93-95
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Peter Michael Pinot Noir Fort Ross-Seaview Le Caprice 2016  (#334105)

Pinot Noir from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma County, California

98 points Jeb Dunnuck: The 2016 Pinot Noir Le Caprice is flat out gorgeous! Black cherries, currants, toasted oak, caramelized raspberries, and exotic flower notes all soar from the glass of this rich, full-bodied, yet elegant, seamless Pinot Noir.…

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97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir CIX Vineyard bursts forth with baked cherries, red currant jelly and mulberries with touches of cinnamon stick, violets, baking spices and potpourri. Full-bodied, opulent and wonderfully spicy in the… ...
WA 97
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Aubert Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast CIX Vineyard 2016  (#333654)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

97+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir CIX Vineyard bursts forth with baked cherries, red currant jelly and mulberries with touches of cinnamon stick, violets, baking spices and potpourri. Full…

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WA 97
JD 96
AG 95
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Lignier/Hubert Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2016  (#335314)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

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96 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: From 64 year old vines just north of the town. Very dense purple, the fruit is very backward on the nose. Firm structure to this, clearly more Nuits than Vosne without getting too plummy. The finish shows the class though, darker… ...
TA 96
JM 92-94
DE 93
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Cathiard/Sylvain Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Aux Thorey 2016  (#333458)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: From 64 year old vines just north of the town. Very dense purple, the fruit is very backward on the nose. Firm structure to this, clearly more Nuits than Vosne without getting too…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
TA 96
JM 92-94
DE 93
92-95 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from Mazoyères-Chambertin; a majority of these vines were planted in 1920): Moderately saturated medium red. Very deep nose combines ripe raspberry, spices and sexy soil tones. Very rich, fat and ripe, conveying a liqueur-like quality to its red fruit flavors.… ...
V 93-95
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Duband/David Charmes-Chambertin (former Truchot vines) 2016  (#333543)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92-95 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): (from Mazoyères-Chambertin; a majority of these vines were planted in 1920): Moderately saturated medium red. Very deep nose combines ripe raspberry, spices and sexy soil tones. Very rich, fat and ripe, conveying…

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96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The grand cru here was raised in fifty percent new oak this year and is one of the stars of the 2016 vintage. The stunning bouquet delivers a complex combination of red and black cherries, black plums, pigeon, dark soil tones, raw cocoa, woodsmoke and a… ...
JG 96
WS 96
DE 94
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Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2016  (#333547)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The grand cru here was raised in fifty percent new oak this year and is one of the stars of the 2016 vintage. The stunning bouquet delivers a complex combination of red and black cherries, black plums,…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
JG 96
WS 96
DE 94
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97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Marked by oak spice, this is nonetheless an elegant style, featuring floral, wild strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Sleek and firm, showing tension, picking up a mineral element as this stretches out on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2050. 70… ...
WS 97
TA 96
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Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin 2016  (#331247)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Marked by oak spice, this is nonetheless an elegant style, featuring floral, wild strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Sleek and firm, showing tension, picking up a mineral element as this stretches…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
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92-95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from Mazis Hauts). Like the Charmes this is also intensely earthy with an interesting hint of blood orange to the of red berry fruit aromas that display plenty of the hallmark sauvage character of a fine Mazis. The impressively concentrated and overtly… ...
AM 92-95
CT 94
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Charlopin/Philippe Mazis-Chambertin 2016  (#335649)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92-95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from Mazis Hauts). Like the Charmes this is also intensely earthy with an interesting hint of blood orange to the of red berry fruit aromas that display plenty of the hallmark sauvage character of a fine Mazis…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available
93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Although relatively closed at the time I tasted it, the Clos-de-Vougeot showed depth, power, and intensity to its dark fruits and plenty of structure. (12/14/17) ...
FWR 93-97
WS 95
WH 94-95
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Faiveley Clos de Vougeot 2016  (#331248)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Although relatively closed at the time I tasted it, the Clos-de-Vougeot showed depth, power, and intensity to its dark fruits and plenty of structure. (12/14/17)

750ml Bottle | In stock, 6 available
FWR 93-97
WS 95
WH 94-95
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