2012 Clos des Fous "Subsollum" Pinot Noir

SKU #1209566 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Subsollum Pinot Noir mixes grapes from the Malleco Valley, where the soils are volcanic tuffa, and the coastal part of Aconcagua Valley, with chalky soils. The wine matured in cement vats for one year. It has a completely different nose, with notes of white pepper, flowers and cured meats, a cross between Cote de Nuits and Northern Rhone, balanced and complex, really lovely. A wild Pinot Noir full of personality and energy, slightly rustic, ideal with saucisson. I could drink this any day and the price is a steal. (LG)  (6/2014)

Vinous

 Deep red. Energetic, focused aromas of red and red berries, spicecake and herbs. Lively strawberry and raspberry flavors give way to deeper cherry in the mid-palate while maintaining vivacity. A spicy quality lingers on the nervy, focused finish, which features dusty, well-knit tannins. (JR)  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

A very uniquely savory nose, perhaps a bit "balsámico" as Spaniards would say (referring more to foresty, nearly menthol aromas, not balsamic vinegar!) and slightly smoky, leads to a structured palate. Mixed red fruit confit mingles with a real mineral core in this wine, which is a blend of Pinot Noir sourced from limestone soils on the aconcagua coast, about thirty minutes north of Valparaiso in Pucalan, and Pinot Noir from way down south, in Malleco, where the soils are volcanic with lots of tufa. A truly original take on Pinot Noir from the two crazies of Clos des Fous. (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean & Argentinean wine buyer)

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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 (%): 13.5