Prisma Pinot Noir 2019
The Prisma wines are made by Ricardo Baettig with estate fruit from the Lo Ovalle subregion of the Casablanca Valley. This coastal microclimate benefits from fog, large diurnal shifts in temperature, and its clay and granitic soil. Both the vineyard and the winery are certified sustainable. The Sauvignon Blanc comes from two different vineyards and is fermented and aged in stainless steel. The Pinot Noir is from 3 different clones that come from multiple blocks with different orientations from a single hillside vineyard. We believe that the Prisma bottlings offer great value and classic typicity.
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.
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.”