Day 29. Wine 10.
We’re doing a bit of bouncing around the price range for this series and today we’re back up at the top of the scale, with a great label out of Chile with a reputation (well, with me at least) for very good quality at reasonable prices. S– introduced me to this winery waaaay back in the ’90s and then immediately cursed himself for doing so, because he hated it when secret wine geek go-to products gained a following and became popular. Until now, I had tried a number of other varietals they offer, but this was the first time I tried their Pinot Noir. First time lucky for sure!
In the glass, the colour of this wine was so pretty – ruby with pink undertones – telltale potential for signalling Pinot Noir.
On the nose, a muted expression of that earthy, funky Pinot paradise, with plenty of raspberry fruit and even some violet floral notes.
Then, on the palate, pure pleasure! Unexpected complexity with mushroom and soft oak notes balancing beautiful ripe red cherry and raspberry, and a dash of nutmeg spice. Soft and delicious. This is what they mean when they use the term “silky tannins”… just enough structure and acidity to make it come together in a lovely balance, with a medium finish.
Overall, this is no Burgundy bliss, but for the dollar, a very approachable and enjoyable entry-level Pinot Noir. This wine will appeal to those just starting to appreciate reds. Another plus is that it held up well on the second night too!
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Price: $14.99 at BC Liquor Store (Menzies)
My rating (ratings are being done based on quality versus price, on scale of 0 to 5 stars): ★★★★ This wine is a real find and I will definitely be adding it to my regular rotation!
The Music Match
Mellow and dreamy is the name of the game with this wine, and so too, this song from ’86. Played this a lot on my Walkman during my summer in Northern China…