2008 Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Reserve Casablanca

SKU #1050181

With all due respect to the viticultural community in the Golden State, no one is making Pinot Noir this tasty and true to the varietal for this low a price, or even several bucks more. Located in the cool climate, coastal region of the Casablanca Valley, Casas del Bosque was named a value winery of the year by Wines & Spirits Magazine. This delicious Pinot Noir shows bright cherry aromas, which lead to a sappy, yet transparent and purely-fruited expression with wonderful acidity and a truly light touch. Think very good quality, $15-18 Central Coast California Pinot, and then just lower the price. This value is sure to make lots of Pinot Noir fans very happy.

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 By: Suzanne Chowla |  Review Date: 10/19/2009 
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This wine is drinking way above its price point. This is an elegant, delicious Pinot Noir and a superb value. Rather than comparing it to a California Pinot, the comparison I draw is with the 2007 Burgundies because of its surprising restraint, its velvety mouthfeel and sophisticated balance of fruit and earthiness. I would consider this wine to be a good value at twice the price. And it's drinking beautifully right now, so there's no need to delay gratification by cellaring it.
Drink from 2009 to 2012

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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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Chile

- 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.