2010 Cono Sur "Visión" Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Colchagua Valley

SKU #1110947 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.  (2/ 2012)

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.  (5/ 2012)

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.  (2/ 2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (6/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Small in scale, but juicy and lively, with black cherry fruit that picks up flashes of cinnamon and licorice.  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14