2008 Valle Perdido Pinot Noir Neuquen

SKU #1046522

Patagonia might be best known for its frigid weather and the U.S. clothing company that has capitalized on this image of a blustery, rugged tundra, but that may all be about to change. Seems it's just such a climate that helps Pinot Noir to develop its characteristic bouquet and complexity. This 2008 displays a fragrant, pure, and explosive nose, which expresses vivid summer red fruit and juicy cherry aromas. There are also some tropical fruit notes. The attack is fresh and tangy, with a harmony between acidity and structure. Balanced and elegant, with a long persistent finish.

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/4/2010  | Send Email
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What a gem of a wine! Lush, juicy cherry fruit that is at once full-bodied and structured. A great bargain in Pinot when many are hard to find!
Top Value!

By: Mike Barber |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/19/2010  | Send Email
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We were all surprised when we tasted this wine recently. This is a high elevation, chilean pinot with a rich body of dark fruit and slight earthy qualities. A great deal at $12- it rivals American and Burgundian counterparts at twice the price!
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2013

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/1/2009  | Send Email
This is quality bargain pinot noir and has been for two vintages now. Less sweet and more focused on the berry fruit, the Perdido has had our customers coming back for more on a weekly basis. Not bad for a screwtop Argentine pinot.

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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.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14