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2016 Bodegas Miras Pinot Noir Joven Rio Negro (Previously $18)

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Bodegas Miras is a project fronted by Marcelo Miras, who grew up in a vine growing family from San Rafael (Mendoza). He settled though in General Roca, Patagonia to begin his own project, where he makes fantastic Pinot Noir, Malbec, and (we suspect) experiments with tiny quantities of other grape varieties which will hopefully be revealed as the project continues to evolve. All of Marcelo's wines are honest, very easy to drink and possess a beautiful delicacy. It has been an exciting year here for Argentinian wines, and we may have found a new favorite this fall with the fantastic wines of Marcelo Miras.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
A delicate, floral and fresh style of Pinot Noir, this is as strong a value and as convincing an argument for Pinot Noir in Argentina as I have yet to taste. Organically cultivated Pinot Noir is vinified with some stem inclusion, which shows in the lighter color and elegant grip of the tannins. Lovely Pinot Noir, and very fairly priced - thank you, Marcelo!

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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.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.