#87 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
"2008 Ritual opens with striking aromas of black cherries, raspberry and plum. The mid palate is round, soft and elegant with black currant and blueberry notes mingling with hints of cola. Its rich, yet restrained tannins provide depth and lead to a luxurious finish."
Paul Hobbs, Consulting Winemaker
Ritual is the result of Veramonte's decade-long quest to make delicious and affordable Pinot Noir
from Chile's Casablanca Valley. Agustin Huneeus partnered with American winemaker Paul Hobbs to
produce a small bottling of a super premium Pinot Noir from the renowned Casablanca Valley. From
planting each vine at our Casablanca Valley estate to hand harvesting in small batches, we apply the
same time-honored methods to our Pinot Noir in the vineyard and winery as the great wines of
Burgundy. Consulting Winemaker Paul Hobbs harvests at first light in the cool morning fog,
introduce native yeast fermentations to bring out the vineyard's expression and use only gentle
gravity handling to produce Ritual, a Pinot Noir characterized by elegance and grace.
Wonderful aroma & taste. So easy to drink. This is the best Pinot I've had since Benton Lane.
Enjoyed my bottle of Veramonte very much. The other reviewer's shipment must have sat in a hot warehouse or truck long enough to kill it.
dark, pretty good, but not great or anything.