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Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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    Winemaker Notes

    Bright ruby red in color with an attractive bouquet of berries, strawberries and notes of spice and cocoa. Bursts of fruit, layered with earthiness envelop the palate.

    Novas Pinot Noir is ideal with white meats, light sauces, full flavored fish and shellfish, cured ham and sushi.

    Critical Acclaim

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    Novas, Casablanca Valley, Chile
    From Emiliana, Chile's premier name for world-class wines made from organically grown grapes, the NOVAS range comprises a pioneering collection of limited-production wines, both white and red, produced exclusively from prime organically grown grapes. Meaning "new" in Latin, Novas is also the term used by astronomers referring to a bright, new star that suddenly appears in the heavens. Novas wines are crafted by renowned winemaker Alvaro Espinoza, South America's foremost expert in organic and biodynamic wines. Together with Emiliana’s lead winemaker, José Antonio Bravo, this quartet of wines has gained international acclaim. Superbly approachable upon release, the Novas collection will also reward a degree of aging, with the reds in particular developing increasing suppleness and complexity over time.

    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.

    NDF346166_2012 Item# 140772