An aroma reminiscent of the cherry juice that leaks out of a pie while baking, and caramelizes on the edge of the pan. A touch of florals, too. In the mouth the flavors become more intense, appearing sweeter on the end palate. But the wine finishes fairly dry with integrated tannins and acidity. There’s a bit of alcohol on the exhale. Cherry-blackberry flavors dominate in the finish. Overall impression is sweet, light, easy-drinking and very New World. Recommended. BSE

WHO: Matetic Vineyards
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: San Antonio D.O., Chile
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: around $24 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.