2016 Arboleda Pinot Noir Aconcagua Costa

SKU #1316228 95 points Decanter

 Sweet raspberry aromas and a floral touch. Freshness on the palate with ripe cherries, young and sappy but with the savoury-sweet balance spot on. Great concentration, elegant wine.  (5/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 This is a very special Arboleda with lifted nose of flower, strawberry and iodine. Moss. Medium body, lively finish. Love the finish. Lightly decadent. Beautiful. Drink now.  (5/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The same as the Chardonnay, 2016 Pinot Noir Aconcagua Costa was produced with fruit grown from two specific plots from their vineyards at 12 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak for 11 months (only 10% new). It has a nice nose mixing spices, sour cherries and a touch of earth and forest floor, even though the wine is so evidently young. The palate is very tasty and juicy, with super fine tannins and a remarkable, long finish. (LG)  (4/2017)

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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.