(2010) Hugely fragrant, incense-like, with some sage and marjoram notes and toasty, earthy, undergrowth notes. The fruit on the palate has plenty of sweetness and elegant raspberry and redcurrant poise, excellent freshness with lithe, but grippy tannins and fresh, quite citrusy acidity.
(2010) This has tiny proportions of Viognier, Merlot and Syrah in the blend too, though the nose is classic, earthy Pinot, with a touch of mushroom and truffle, soft red berry fruit and something quite sappy. On the palate there is a nicely rounded fruit quality, but that green-tinged, sappy character continues with some savoury, cedary notes and plenty of crisp tannin and acid to give it real bite through the finish. A nicely-pitched style, with a bit of complexity.
(2010) From Casablanca. 30%in open fermenters, very little pumping over. Graphite and earth, and a crunchy, lightly leafy fruit, with cherry and raspberry. The fruit on the palate comes through nicely, with a touch of creaminess and chocolate, but the fruit staying bold and the acidity freshening the picture. It could perhaps use a little more flesh, but is a good mouthful of honest Pinot.
(2010) Casablanca. Very careful, slow, gentle fermentation with no pumping over. Only older barrels. Quite a nice undergrowth and truffle note to this, as well as some cedar and minerality. Some softer, spicy coffee and strawberry notes come through in quite a complex aromatic profile. The palate is quite plush, with a lot of sweetness to the fruit. There's a nice silky texture too, with some of that mocha coffee coming through in the finish. Tannins are perhaps a little more rustic than they could be, but a massive over delivery at the price. Lovely wine and great value.
(2010) Casablanca Pinot from granitic soil, with little touches of Viognier, Merlot and Syrah. Big, aromatic, coffee and mocha nose, with a deep earthiness and some vanilla, but also a little hint of more sweet strawberry fruit. Lots of coffee and spice on the palate too, with good fruit and a luscious weight and texture. Very nice.
(2009) Comes from a granitic soil in Casablanca, with 6% Viognier, 6% Merlot and 3% Syrah. Fascinating nose, where the soft, slightly smoky strawberry fruit of the Pinot is joined principally by the Viognier, which gives a touch of floral and peach skin aroma. There is some coffee too. The palate has a very open, charming, strawberry fruit, with quite a tight tannin structure that adds a touch of liquorice, and a touch of spice that comes through, warming the finish. Also won a trophy in the Wines of Chile awards 2008.
(2006) Cono Sur's reliable, raspberry fruited expression of the Pinot Noir grape has delicate notes of cinnamon woven through lush red berry scents. On the palate, punchy cherry and raspberry fruit powers through. Also consider trading up to the Reserve bottling in Somerfield and Tesco which is smokier with more weight.
(2006) What a very nice Pinot this is, from the cool Casablanca Valley in Chile. It is a wine made by an outpost of Chablis superstar Michel Laroche, by Jorge Coderch of Valdivieso. The colour is a fine, bright ruby, with an elegant, expressive Pinot nose of cherry and kirsch, with a touch of creamy cedar and and plenty of gently spicy, earthy tones. On the palate this strikes a lovely balance between smoky, alluring red fruits and some woodland, truffly character, and a fine backbone of cherry acidity and silky tannin. It has good mouthfeel, and really is a lovely Pinot - and one of the best I've tasted from South America.
(2002) Scented nose, with a perfume of flowers, violets, smoke, vanilla and a truffly undercurrent. Rich in the mouth, with a silky quality to the fruit, but then firm tannins adding some backbone. Quite a tight, structured, chewy palate with good length. Balanced finish.
(2002) Much more obvious, flashy toast on the nose, with French oak complexity over cherry fruit with a touch of briar. The fruit is a little underpowered onto the palate, though it finishes with warmth and a bit of tannic structure.
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