2009 Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva

I thought this was some pretty good juice from young vines. As these vines mature, this one will become a contender. It is expansive in its aromas, very lively and texturally correct in its forward cherry flavors. On the finish, you get a good dose of earthy goodness fading into a baked flour crust with plenty of butter. The finish lingers with all three of the previously mentioned flavors. Salmon grilled or served with a hearty sauce or pork cooked anyway but smoked will be a fantastic pairing with this wine. It actually had enough acidity to stand up to a Heirloom tomato salad with goat cheese marbles that were coated with roasted almonds and herbs presented on a bed of arugula with a Solera 77 Sherry Vinaigrette. Pinots from S.A. are getting better and that’s a good thing.

Rating: Very Good (88) | $14 | 14.0% ABV


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  1. Larry K. November 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    The veramonte makes really good wine. I’ve been drinking them for years!! Good review, keep ‘um coming.

  2. enobytes November 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    Agreed, and will do! Cheers Larry.

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