2008 Tabali Pinot Noir Reserva Limari Valley

SKU #1062990

We have featured wines from this talented producer before (do not confuse this with the 08 reserva especial we recently carried), and recently discovered an everyday value pinot they produce that is not only tasty, but fairly serious wine as well. It should appeal to a wide range of you looking for terrific quality, everyday pinot noir. Located in the super dry, desert like Limari Valley, the vineyards are actually in a cool climate, given their proximity to the Pacific and the influence of the cool Humboldt current, which originates at the southernmost tip of Chile. Add clay and limestone soil to the mix here, and you have a few key ingredients for producing very good pinot noir in deed. Aromas of cherries and plum confit, with some pinot spiciness as well, lead to a snappy cherry and berry fruited palate, with a hint of orange peel on the finish. The flavors show good intensity, freshness and lift. There is a somewhat firm textural quality to this wine that shows its slightly serious side, and that it is playing more than a bit outside its price range in terms of quality.

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Price: $11.99

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/31/2010  | Send Email
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For the last seven to ten years, I have maintained that the number one varietal that Chile should be concentrating on because of its cool climate vineyard locations is pinot noir. I get just too much of that cool-climate vegie character to most of the Cabernets that come from that area. Wake up Chilean producers, UC Davis has developed a cool-climate clone for such areas. Hello! This well-made pinot is medium-deep ruby in color with wonderful aromatics of blackcherry, cloves, and plums. In the mouth, it is balanced, yet well-structured, with a soft, round mouthfeel, and a long, warm finish. Fantastic wine , particularly when you look at the price. This will also be our house red for the month, according to Anderson. 14% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2015

 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 1/14/2011 
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A well-balanced pinot with intense fruit of tart cherry and floral notes that might be rose petal but also could be the orange peel that K&L noted. At $12 it's a very reasonable value. Yesterday I tried a glass and stored the corked bottle overnight in the fridge, and today the flavors had come together in a tasty harmony. This will benefit from a light chilling and an hour or two to breathe.

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Varietal:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14