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Chilean Pinot Noir

Posted on September 10, 2009 by Enotriaadmin There have been 0 comments

At the Wines of Chile annual tasting yesterday, there was a focus table devoted to Chilean Pinot Noir. There were 42 examples from across the country. I approched this with interest; the 'heartbreak grape' being a firm favourite of mine, and not having tried a huge amount of Pinot from South America. Could Chile work their commercial magic on this most capricious of grapes? The answer, based on yesterday's line up, must sadly remain 'no' or 'not yet'. Too many examples showed 'heat' from high alcohol, and where you would want to find classic Pinot characters of raspberry and delicacy, all too often the palate found clunky, chunky chocolatey aromas and flavours. there were one or two exceptions, and it certainly is no disaster, but for Chile to convincingly challenge other new world Pinot meccas such as New Zealand and California, there is still a long road to travel.


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