Friday, 14 January 2011

Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserva 2009 (Casablanca Valley)

Tasted 13/01/11, 14% ABV, ca, £8-£9 UK retail. This is one level up from
the base level Pinot Noir in the Cono Sur portfolio and is worth paying
the extra couple of pounds. Burgundy it isn't but this is a great
expression of a New World pinot noir. As always, very well made from
Cono Sur. It's had 6 months in oak and the website says that it is 50%
single estate fruit from El Marco and 'others' - I guess we could call
it a select blend then! Lovely mid-cherry red, raspberries and cherry on
the nose and hint of coffee. Soft tannins, quite a good length with ripe
berry fruits. Not much expression of the terroir at this level but an
excellent wine nonetheless and as I have said before, shows would poor
value Burgundy is below Premier Cru level. 16.5/20, drink now!

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