Are Chilean Pinot Noirs Gutsy?


Years ago studying wine in a formal class setting Pinot Noir was all about elegance and sensuality. The wines tried there were indeed light and perhaps even sensual. But give Pinot Noir a different terroir than in Burgundy you might not have that “elegance and sensuality”. I am game for that. Several years ago I noted that some Chilean Pinot Noirs I was receiving through my wine club had a tough edge to them. They were elegant in sort of an aggressive and gruff way. I decided to try my theory out with some Chilean Pinot Noirs and I was not off the mark.

So I am coming out of the closet with a Chilean Pinot Noir from the Aconcagua Valley. And it has a traditional Burgundian raspberry red color. A firm nose of raspberry, red cherries and milk chocolate.

On the palate it is a tad gruff and firm. Mild tannins but firm fruit of red cherries and just ripe strawberries. It speaks its own mind. Neither Burgundian nor Oregonian but its own wine. It lacks complexity on the palate so why James Suckling gives this a 94 I am puzzled.

(Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2017, D.O. Aconcagua Valley, Vina Errázuriz, Santiago, Chile, $24.95, 13%, 750 mL, LCBO # 541151, Set The Bar Rating 88/100).

If you like Pinot Noirs with a bit of a punch think Chile.

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