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Cono Sur 20 Barrel Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
  • RP91
14.4% ABV
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14.4% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This Pinot Noir has a deep, clean ruby red color. In the nose, notes of red berries and plum with hints of leather give it an amazing finesse. The palate is of intense sweet fruit balanced by a rich texture and concentrated flavor. Its finish is long, soft and pleasing. Perfect for red meats, poultry and aged cheeses.

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RP 91
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The 2012 20 Barrels Limited Edition Pinot Noir is sourced mostly from the Fundo El Triangulo in the centre of Casablanca, where the first Pinot Noir in Casablanca was planted back in 1989. The grapes come from different vineyards where they identify the best plots with lower yields. The wine was fermented in open stainless steel vats and raised for 12 months in new French oak barrels. It feels deeper and has a riper personality, but not overripe, with a Burgundian feeling. It smells of red and black cherries and a whiff of spices and lactic aromas, very focused and elegant. The palate is medium-bodied, very supple and tasty, with freshness and minerality, akin to a Burgundy 1er Cru. Bravo! A great Pinot Noir at a fantastic price for the quality.
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Cono Sur

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Cono Sur, Casablanca Valley, Chile
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Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines conveying the spirit of the new world. Their name refers to the company's geographic position; it represents wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lays Chile and its gifted wine valleys. Their logo is a freehand drawing of the silhouette of South America. Right from the start, Cono Sur applied new ideas and technology to winemaking traditional methods. Nowadays, Cono Sur's original claim, "No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine," continues to inspire them towards quality, innovation, style and creativity.

Casablanca Valley

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A region that has become synonymous with some of the best whites of Chile, the Casablanca Valley is full of dozens of bodegas who either grow fruit here or come from outside to source from local growers for their own white wine programs. The valley runs from east to west, which means that its westernmost vineyards receive the most cooling influence from the reliable afternoon sea breezes. The soils also tend to be heavier in clay in the west, whereas the eastern end of the valley is warmer and its soils are predominantly granitic. Sauvignon blanc thrives here, Chardonnay does well and Pinot noir is not uncommon.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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