Pinot Noir You Should Drink Now

Choosing Great Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a win-win. These charming red wines offer ribbons of fruit, swirls of spice, and finessed tannins—and they pair with anything on the table. Also: Don’t forget the celebratory and supremely food-versatile Pinot Noir sparklers from France, Austria, the US, and more. But with great products from all-over, what to pick? Our sales associates and wine buyers share their favorites from California & France.

Bourgogne Rouge, René Leclerc – 2013
Who says you can’t enjoy red Burgundy every day? This classic Pinot Noir has enough character to satisfy the Burgundy snob in all of us. – LA

Pommard, Philippe Pacalet – 2009
A formidable Burgundy from a vintage that ages well. Cellar this for 10-20 years. – LA

Au Bon Climat “Los Alamos” Pinot Noir – 2010
Jim Clendenen continues to amaze us with this vivid Pinot Noir. Floral aromas draw you in while red berries, black licorice, and a touch of tannin show sophistication. This wine is beautiful right now but will age gracefully. – EG

Alsace Rouge, Dom. Marcel Deiss – 2009
In the world of Pinot Noir, Alsace lies in Burgundy’s great shadow. Jean Michel Deiss’ Alsace Rouge is about to change that. This light and refreshing Pinot Noir is blended with classic Alsatian white varietals in a field blend style known as complantation. Unfiltered and farmed biodynamically, it’s the ideal bottle to broaden your Pinot Noir perceptions. – LM

Clendenen Family Vineyards, “The Pip” Pinot Noir – 2014
A shining example of ‘New World style’ showing off it’s potential. The wine was crafted specifically to exhibit the fruit, revealing delicate cherry, anise, red currant and plum. A touch of vanilla from minimal new oak contact adds a rich, decadent component, but the underlying earthy notes and just enough tannin keep the party from getting too wild. The result for me was more balanced than I expected, and I eagerly kept going back to the glass.  – DY