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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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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 la Dominode is the most structured young Savigny premier cru in the cellars, but its potential is enormous. The youthful nose was still in the process of absorbing its serving of new oak, but will do so seamlessly with a bit more age, and… ...
JG 94
V 91-93
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Pavelot Savigny-les-Beaune 1er cru La Dominode 2017  (#333929)

Pinot Noir from Savigny-lès-Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2017 la Dominode is the most structured young Savigny premier cru in the cellars, but its potential is enormous. The youthful nose was still in the process of absorbing its serving of new oak, but…

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96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is very, very deep and... offers up a stunning mélange of cherries, blood orange, smoke, gamebirds, a great base of complex soil tones, an exotic touch of mint, orange zest and mustard seed... deep, full-bodied and rock solid right to the… ...
JG 96
AM 94
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots 2005  (#333224)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is very, very deep and... offers up a stunning mélange of cherries, blood orange, smoke, gamebirds, a great base of complex soil tones, an exotic touch of mint, orange zest and mustard…

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93-96 points Jasper Morris, MW: A small cuvée entirely in new wood. Two thirds comes from the upper part of Petits Monts and one third from Les Chaumes, so very much top and bottom of the slope. Very pretty mid purple, delicious juicy fruit, rich, lively, heady purple fruit anchored by the lower… ...
JM 93-96
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Felettig Vosne-Romanee 1er cru 2017  (#333849)

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

93-96 points Jasper Morris, MW: A small cuvée entirely in new wood. Two thirds comes from the upper part of Petits Monts and one third from Les Chaumes, so very much top and bottom of the slope. Very pretty mid purple, delicious juicy fruit, rich,…

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90-94 points Fine Wine Review: This wine is finer than the Bourgogne with more tenderness. It is crystalline, airy, and precise. Potentially, an outstanding, perhaps even magnificent, village wine. (2/19/16) ...
FWR 90-94
AM 88-91
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Barthod/Ghislaine Chambolle-Musigny 2014  (#329861)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-94 points Fine Wine Review: This wine is finer than the Bourgogne with more tenderness. It is crystalline, airy, and precise. Potentially, an outstanding, perhaps even magnificent, village wine. (2/19/16)

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FWR 90-94
AM 88-91
90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...located just under Bonnes-Mares, had a very fruit-driven bouquet with blueberry, cassis and blackberry fruit, the 30% whole bunch nicely integrated and yet still perhaps the most precocious of Felettig's 2015s. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy… ...
WA 90-92
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Lavrottes 2015  (#332093)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): ...located just under Bonnes-Mares, had a very fruit-driven bouquet with blueberry, cassis and blackberry fruit, the 30% whole bunch nicely integrated and yet still perhaps the most precocious of Felettig's…

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93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Bertrand Chevillon said that losses due to the frost were from 50-80% of a normal crop... The fruit here is ripe, almost syrupy, but without sacrificing freshness or purity. Those lucky enough to obtain some of the wine will find that as usual, the quality here is… ...
FWR 93-97
JG 94
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Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Les Cailles 2016  (#331414)

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

93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Bertrand Chevillon said that losses due to the frost were from 50-80% of a normal crop... The fruit here is ripe, almost syrupy, but without sacrificing freshness or purity. Those lucky enough to obtain some of the wine…

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FWR 93-97
JG 94
JM 94
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90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): Open and expressive, the 2009 Beaune Village wafts from the glass with aromas of cherries, redcurrants, espresso roast, dried ceps and grilled squab. On the palate, it's supple, silky and medium-bodied, with juicy acids and a generous core of fruit that… ...
WA 90
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Gaunoux/Michel Beaune 2009  (#326255)

Pinot Noir from Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

90 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): Open and expressive, the 2009 Beaune Village wafts from the glass with aromas of cherries, redcurrants, espresso roast, dried ceps and grilled squab. On the palate, it's supple, silky and medium-bodied, with…

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97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored... compelling black pepper, garrigue and bay leaves laced nose over a core of Bing cherries, fresh raspberries and crushed cranberries, plus a waft of fertile earth. The medium-bodied palate fills the mouth with a wonderful… ...
WA 97
AG 97
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Occidental Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth 2014  (#329459)

Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

97 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Medium ruby-purple colored... compelling black pepper, garrigue and bay leaves laced nose over a core of Bing cherries, fresh raspberries and crushed cranberries, plus a waft of fertile earth. The medium…

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Colin-Morey/Pierre-Yves Santenay 1er cru Gravieres 2017  (#334637)

Pinot Noir from Santenay, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

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98 points James Suckling: An extraordinary wine, even for this very special Grand Cru. So mineral and pure with a gigantic concentration of sour cherries. The extremely fine and racy finish lifts off towards the heavens. You could drink it on release, but this has enormous aging potential. Try to… ...
JS 98
DE 97
WFW 97
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Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin 2017  (#333641)

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

98 points James Suckling: An extraordinary wine, even for this very special Grand Cru. So mineral and pure with a gigantic concentration of sour cherries. The extremely fine and racy finish lifts off towards the heavens. You could drink it on release…

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JS 98
DE 97
WFW 97
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92 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Full ruby. Seductive bouquet of candied raspberry, cherry, star anise and rose oil, complemented by a hint of vanilla. Supple and seamless on the palate, with deeply pitched red and dark berry flavors picking up smokiness with air. Fine-grained… ...
IWC 92
WA 92
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Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Rosella's Vineyard 2010  (#334327)

Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California

92 points Stephen Tanzer (International Wine Cellar): Full ruby. Seductive bouquet of candied raspberry, cherry, star anise and rose oil, complemented by a hint of vanilla. Supple and seamless on the palate, with deeply pitched red and dark berry…

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91-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Mostly from Jachees (80&) and Chalandins (20%). Rich purple, a dense concentrated backward nose, in the mouth this gets really interesting thanks to noble tannins and a really impressive intensity through the middle, and very good length for the vintage Tasted:… ...
JM 91-93
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Felettig Vosne-Romanee 2017  (#333848)

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

91-93 points Jasper Morris, MW: Mostly from Jachees (80&) and Chalandins (20%). Rich purple, a dense concentrated backward nose, in the mouth this gets really interesting thanks to noble tannins and a really impressive intensity through the middle,…

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