An interesting wine, an eye-opener for Chile’s potential with pinot noir. This is big and sweet, more Russian River than Côte d’Or. A melange of red fruits—cherry, cranberry, and strawberry—are joined by marjoram, sage, a touch of charcoal, and the tiniest hint of cayenne pepper. The mouth feel is silky and rich, the tannins sweet, smooth, and just slightly dusty, with a good acid counter-balance. Drink with Cuban roast pork. Highly recommended.

WHO: Viña Casablanca
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Chile
DESIGNATION: Nimbus Estate
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $20 (Media sample)

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