2012 Veramonte "Ritual" Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley

SKU #1169566 93 points James Suckling

 This is gorgeous and reserved with sweet strawberry, delicate spice and cedar character. Medium to full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a clean finish. Hints of mineral too. This is truly exciting. Drink now.  (6/ 2014)

K&L Notes

Produced from fruit in the cooler Casablanca Valley, this is a lovely Pinot Noir, with ripe red cherry and strawberry flavors. A very easy going, crowd friendly, well made style, produced under the direction of the Huneeus family and with Paul Hobbs lending a consulting hand as well.

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2014  | Send Email
This is a winner! Lush for a Pinot, but by no means overripe. Warm spices, crushed strawberries and a hint of minerality. This will be not only a crowd pleaser, but is an excellent selection for almost any weeknight meal, from a simple salad of roasted chicken, avocados, dried cherries, and a creamy blue cheese dressing, to a wild rice and quinoa pilaf with sliced sausage and spinach.

By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/12/2014  | Send Email
Bright, juicy red cherry, cassis, strawberry and black currant. Medium-plus acidity and soft tannin. So drinkable! Fabulous with burgers, BBQ ribs, salmon, grilled chicken or even just to start your cocktail hour, this fun little Pinot is a guaranteed hit at your next party!

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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