Alto Tierruca Reserva Pinot Noir 2020
From Chile's Lontue Valley comes this delightful Pinot Noir. In the glass, it shows a pretty pale, ruby color. On the nose, it offers freshly crushed cherry and red berry notes intermingled with light floral earthy notes. The palate has a mineral touch combined with lively cherry and earthy flavors. It was oak aged for 3 months to add finesse and complexity. The finish is clean, fresh and simple yet balanced, nicely expanding and focused to the end. This wine is a perfect crowd pleaser. Enjoy it as an aperitif or with appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, goat cheese, grilled fish and poultry and Asian cuisine. It was oak aged for 3 months to add finesse and complexity with a silky smooth finish.
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Bordering the Coastal Range in the west, and stretching as far east as the foothills of the Andes, the Curicó Valley has two major mesoclimates that allow it the potential to offer a great diversity of high quality wines. In the east around Molina and north of the Claro River, the chilling winds coming off of the Andes make this part of the valley cooler. In the west, the Coastal Range protects inland wine growing areas from the Pacific Ocean, making it hotter and drier. The valley can support a large range of grape varieties within these climatic variations.
In 1979 Miguel Torres, Spain’s largest family-owned producer of premium wine based in Penedès in northeastern Spain, invested heavily in the area. By introducing many modern technologies, Torres put the Curicó Valley on the international wine map and strengthened Chile's presence in the global wine market.
Curicó is one of the southern appellations of the greater Central Valley wine growing region, which includes from north to south: Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”