Under valued Chilean Pinot Noir
By Marco Giovanetti – mtltimes.ca
Most of us wants to hustle a good deal. It is irrelevant what you’re buying, we all like to save a dollar. In the wine world there are manys ways to economize your hard earned cash and get a good bottle of wine. One in particular is to shop in categories that aren’t as well known or highly scored as some others. There are a myriad of reasons a particular category might not be as highly valued as it should be; Regularly it’s simply public perception or consumer awareness.
My goal here with this weekly wine column to uncover those hidden wine classifications that are seriously underrated and write on them. If I do my job well, they’ll eventually be fairly priced.Chilean Pinot Noir is one of the secrest undervalued wine categories on the planet. Quite frankly I don’t get it why is a secret to so many wine lovers.
Pinot Noir is one of the single most popular grapes in the world. A “truism” people like to say around is that it is false a statement such as a good deal in Pinot Noir. Well .Chile draws the line to that very well. An aspect that makes Chile unique from other wine growing regions is the diverse number of different microclimates, elevations, soil types and such that exist. With more diversity in their terroir than most countries they have the ability to do well with a wide array of grapes.
Another cool thing they have in their favor is some 3,000 miles of coastline. Pinot excels in cooler climates and Chile has quite a bit of vineyard sites that are tailor made for growing this famous difficult to master grape. Add to that the issue that most wine drinkers simply have yet to set their brain around great Pinot Noir coming from South America and you have something of a perfect storm of incredible values on terrific Pinot Noir loaded with varietal typicity.
As with any other style, not everything that is on offer is a winner. Likewise not every Pinot coming out of Chile is amazing or worth of your attention, but many of them are. The price points variate too, but the common denominator in the selections seeking out is the relationship between the level of quality in the bottle and the price they’re asking for. In every case below these wines would and could sell for much higher prices if more people realized how amazing Chilean Pinot can be, or if they were from an area somewhat better known for this grape. With all of this in mind, I recently tasted through an array of Chilean Pinot’s looking for wines to help prove my theory. I present them here for your drinking (and money saving) pleasure.
Chilean Pinots of the week:
Cono Sur Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2015. SAQ: 00874891. $16.50
On the nose aromas of mocha with ripe notes of strawberry and raspberry. On the mouth, medium to full body with notes of cinnamon, tomato confit and red jam. Elegant and balanced with a long finale. Excellent match with pork fillet with a dijon and maple syrup marinade on the BBQ. 92\100
Clos des Fous Subsollum Pinot Noir 2014. SAQ: 12304335. $26.80
Focused on the nose, showing enticing mineral nuances with strawberry and cherry aromas and a hint of blood orange. Lots of freshness and energy on the palate with balmy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen as the wine opens up. The mineral quality shows more again in the deep finale.93\100 Food Idea: Grilled salmon or Tuna steak with tamari sauce.
Montsecano y Copains Pinot Noir Refugio 2015. SAQ: 12184839. $26.05
On the nose, crisp wild strawberry with dark cherry wet earth and fresh rose petals. Cool on the palate with wild berry fruit and baked clay. Very long, intense and pure with a sonic raspberry, saline and pepper finale. 93/100. Food Idea: Stir fry shrimps with five pepper chinese spice.