2009 Kingston Family Vineyards "Alazan" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley

SKU #1150775 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of raspberry and cherry, marked by notes of Asian spices and blood orange that add complexity. Densely packed, but lively red and dark berry flavors provide excellent palate coverage and pick up a smoky note with aeration. Supple and sweet on the finish, which leaves notes of candied red fruits behind. This sexy wine is drinking well now.  (6/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Always at the top of the Chilean Pinot heap is this true, complex wine from Kingston Family. The nose features light raspberry, citrus, oceanic brine and toasty, creamy oak. The palate is lush and rolls across the tongue with ease; ripe fruit in the cherry zone along with cocoa and spice make for fine flavors. Finishes with purity, smooth tannins and herbal twinges.  (6/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Alazan Pinot Noir was aged in 30% new French oak. It delivers more aromatic complexity than the Tobiano cuvee with its display of Asian spices, incense, and assorted red and black fruit elements. Velvety and sweetly-fruited in the glass, this nicely proportioned Pinot will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring and provide prime drinking from 2013 to 2021. (JM)  (2/2012)

Wine & Spirits

 Sweet blackberry notes unite with a soft texture in this velvety, ample pinot, a silky red for roast beef.  (6/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe and juicy, delivering dark plum and blackberry fruit laced with toasty vanilla and spiced bread notes. Good length. Drink now.  (2/2011)

K&L Notes

This Chilean-by-way-of-Portola Valley, California family winery continues to make some of our favorite vinos Chilenos. According to Courtney Kingston, her wines show a "gout de Casablanca," a distinctly smoky and mineral tinged quality which she believes mark her red wines. We would tend to agree with that description. If you're looking for Chilean Pinot with a wonderful balance between fruit, mineral and savory flavors, then look no further. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2014 | Send Email
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Absolutely delicious Pinot Noir - one of the best Pinot offerings from Chile - fantastic red fruits and exotic spices mingling with a distinctive smoky note are extremely enticing and this wine pairs very well with many foods. Kingston's vineyards are in the Casablanca Valley, and with its cool maritime influence it's no wonder such high quality Pinot comes from their spectacular property. It's a great contender for the cellar too, but hard to resist so hide some from yourself if you want to age it!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5