Pinot Noir from Chile is getting big. Not necessarily in style, but in wine circles. When I visited Pinot Noir in early 2006, I tasted a few Pinot Noir from a few wineries, but as of yet, had only seen one (from Leyda) in the United States. Nowadays, there are plenty more.
It makes sense. Chile has fantasticl cool climate regions like Casablanca Valley and Limari, and grape growers are finding new regions every year.
I tasted Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva about 2 years ago, and was impressed. For $12, it was a delicious example of Pinot Noir. Fresh berry fruits, but with nice spice, a touch of smoke and that savory characteristic I always seek in my Pinot Noir.
The other night I got to taste the Veramonte Ritual Pinot Noir – a slightly higher end version than the Reserva.
Well, yum. I have to say it was excellent. It was also darker and more dense than most Pinot Noir, and while I knew what I was pouring myself, my father tasted it and was surprised when we told him it was a Pinot Noir – it has typical flavors of the grape – cherry, berry & spice – but it’s not delicate. We paired it with some rotisserie chicken, rice and a big salad and it was great. It could also hold up to some grilled meats, though, considering it’s dense nature.
If you like fuller bodied, more fruit-forward Pinot Noir, this is a perfect wine for you!
Don’t forget that this wine is in our Support Chile program, so stock up before March 31!