Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2008 Casablanca Valley

2008 Veramonte

2008 Veramonte Reserva Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Chile

It's time to branch out a bit, maybe taste a few South American wines. Here we go again. I've always had a fondness for Chilean pinot noir. I still remember the bottles of $10.10 Cono Sur Pinot Noir that I found absolutely delicious. Simple, fruit-forward, and very satisfying for the price.

Casablanca Valley is building a reputation as a great place for pinot noir, no? First off, yes, those are brandy snifters. I'm still in the process of searching out Burgundy glasses, and in the meantime, those bowls work perfectly.

This wine shows a nice, cherry juice colour. Very young. Quite an overt, bright, complex nose of brambles, red fruits, spice, but very noticeable alcohol. This follows on the palate - the alcohol sears down your throat. Come on now. This is a nice wine and all, but unbalanced by the fire.

This is a problem. Over-alcoholic, homogenous wines. I didn't know if I was drinking a Chilean wine, or an Oregonian, or a Californian, or a Kiwi...this is a problem.

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