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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 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.

    NDF346166_2012 Item# 140772