Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Vina Valdivieso Reserva Pinot Noir 2009 (Casablanca Valley)

Tasted 12/03/11 with Sara and Lydia. 14.5% ABV, about £9.50 UK retail (e.g. Waitrose). One of the 'Waitrose in Partnership' wines with the stellar Valdivieso winery. A great demonstration of what Chile can do really well. Potent stuff at 14.5% and a world away from your delicate, aged Burgundy: a different expression of Pinot Noir certainly, but one that still has structure and complexity, a sense of terroir and an ability to age, no doubt. This is young and I'd keep it  year or two but it's wonderful now. Dark cherry red in the glass, rich and complex, lovely red fruits in the nose. In the mouth, there is a complex interaction of cherries, dried fruits and even a hint of spice. Long finish. Lovely! From 2011, 16.5 / 20

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