Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2017
Leyda Pinot Noir’s aromatic profile is a pure and honest reflection of the variety, displaying acidic red fruit aromas such as raspberry and cherry, along with herbal notes typical of the Leyda Valley. In the mouth, it is very fresh and juicy with vibrant acidity and sweet, round tannins.
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Another fragrant Chilean pinot noir, but with plenty of structure and rooty notes, as well as great sour cherries. This is just coming to its best, but has the tension and vitality to age further. Long, complex finish. Drink or hold.
It seems like the warm conditions of the vintage have marked the 2017 Lot 21 Pinot Noir, and the wine feels a little riper and with less nuance and brightness. It's still a fresh and varietal example with nicely integrated oak that would surprise if it wasn't for the presence of its siblings from cooler years. 5,000 bottles were filled in May 2018.
Viña Leyda was founded in 1998, in Leyda Valley, place today recognized as the last great innovation of Chilean viticulture. Traditionally, Leyda Valley has been an area of natural pasture lands and basic crops such as wheat and barley.
After evaluating the potential conditions of the area, a crucial investment was made which enabled water to be brought from the Maipo River through an eight kilometer pipeline. Actually, Leyda has planted vineyards for a total of 230 hectares.
As the pioneer vineyard in Leyda Valley, Viña Leyda is committed is to be the protagonist of a unique place, working with specific micro-terroirs, limited wine production and selection of each parcel, which gives different expressions, purity, identity and character to ultra-premium wine.
An officially recognized sub-zone in the southern part of the San Antonio Valley, the Leyda Valley was the original settlement of the wine pioneers who came to the area in the 1990s. They were in search of cooler and wetter growing conditions—as compared to more eastern, drier and often warmer locations.
Planting, which began only in the late 1990s, focused on Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and some limited spots for Syrah. The area continues to receive well-earned accolades for wines of these varieties.
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.”