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Alto Limay Select Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina
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    Winemaker Notes

    Dark ruby center with touches of deep purple. The nose is expressive, with red cherry, cranberry and hints of lilac. Bright and round on the palate, with fresh blueberry, chocolate covered cherry, strawberry cream and espresso, finishing with delicate mineral notes, silky soft tannins and mouthwatering acidity.

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    Alto Limay, Patagonia, Argentina
    Alto Limay is a joint project between Paul Hobbs Imports and Familia Schroeder to explore and develop Patagonia pinot noir. Youthful and fresh, nuanced and expressive, Alto Limay Pinot Noir explores frontier winemaking in Patagonia, where wind is one of the dominating elements in winegrowing.

    The Limay river joins the Neuquén river to form the Rio Negro, which flows to the Atlantic Ocean and separates Patagonia from the Pampas. The pristine Limay river flows from the Andes mountain snows and has some great fly fishing. The vineyards are located in San Patricio del Chañar, in the province of Neuquén, and with a short growing season, Pinot Noir is perfectly suited to this region.

    Patagonia

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    One of the most southerly regions on the globe for fine wine production, Patagonia has experienced extraordinary vineyard expansion since the early 2000s.

    Patagonia vineyards occupy the lower foothills of the Andes at 1,000 to 1,600 feet. Here cold air drops at night from incredibly steep elevations—the Andes reach well over 15,000 feet in this zone—a phenomenon that produces drastic diurnal shifts. Cold nights contrasted with hot summer days produce grapes with striking color, full ripeness, great finesse and aromatic intensity.

    Favored for its luxury brands, the Patagonia wine growing region of Argentina focuses on a diverse array of international varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillón and Viognier among the white grapes, and Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon for reds.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

    CHMLMY3501015_2015 Item# 348328