2010 Cono Sur "Visión" Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Colchagua Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Vision Pinot Noir was sourced from the Leyda Campo Lindo Estate and spent 10 months in barrel. Notions of balsam wood, spice box, rose petal, and assorted red fruits lead to a round, ripe, surprisingly sophisticated Pinot, especially for its modest price. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red. Bright redcurrant and cherry on the nose, with a subtle gingerbread quality adding complexity. Firm, spicy cherry and anise flavors are slow to open, with a hint of orange zest adding lift. Aeration coaxes out sweeter dark berries and mocha, which carry through the firm, focused finish.
Wine & Spirits
The Colchagua sun manifests itself in the ripe flavors of this pinot, even as it maintains freshness and floral notes that lend it character. Serve this slightly chilled with charcuterie.
Crisp and peppery smelling, with nicely chiseled raspberry and red-plum aromas. Feels tight and tangy, a direct reflection of the wine’s coastal origins, with zesty flavors of citrus, plum, cherry and tomato. Finishes short and exact, with a dusting of oak-based cocoa.
Small in scale, but juicy and lively, with black cherry fruit that picks up flashes of cinnamon and licorice.
Cono Sur has a few impressive firsts on their record: first carbon neutral winery in the world, first Chilean winery to seriously focus on organic farming on a significant scale, and most importantly as it relates to this offer, the first South American winery to place their bets on a then unpopular grape variety (i.e., Pinot Noir) back in 1997. As a result, they have lots of experience producing wine from this notoriously finicky grape. From a single vineyard of the oldest Pinot Noir plantings in South America, originally planted in 1960 in the coolest, most southerly part of the Colchagua Valley, this Pinot shows sweet red fruits aromas with slightly earthy tones in the background. Similarly high toned on the palate, the wine has bright red fruit and a rounded, surprisingly rich, mouthfilling texture. It's a nicely balanced, fresh style of Pinot Noir that I'd be happy with at $15. For under $10 though, it's a steal.