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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

2008 Quintay Q Pinot Noir - Casablanca Valley Chile

My recent exploration into the world of Chilean wines is frankly a demonstration of the increased quality and overall availability of these fine wines. As Chile continues to discover their potential for making world class wines, it's imperative to dive into the diverse selection of varietals and wine regions in order to find the hidden gems, and keep them for our own before they are unearthed world wide. For more information on this wine and other amazing Chilean wines please visit Wines of Chile.

ViƱa Quintay is situated in the valleys of Casablanca and Leyda, which are regarded as Chile’s quintessential cool climate regions for wines of elegance, and testament to its obvious winemaking potential. The vineyards of Quintay are significantly influenced by the cold Humbolt current, which runs down the length of Chile, where cool air is pulled in by the warmer central valley, thus providing a natural coolness throughout the growing season.

The 2008 Quintay Pinot Noir was made from grapes sourced from the central sector of the valley of Casablanca. The grapes were hand harvested and the fermentation and aging was done in both stainless steel and french oak barrels.

On the nose the wine reminds me of a cool climate Sonoma Pinot noir and shows brilliant aromas of wild raspberry, black cherry, rhubarb, and slight hints of crushed rock and soil. The bouquet perfectly exemplifies the varietal. As the wine opens up in the glass distinct soil/terroir characters start to unfold and meld together with the classic fruity notes.

On the palate I get beautiful tart and fresh fruit flavors of black cherry, red raspberry, and cranberry. This is definitely a cool climate wine, that has a touch of rusticity and subtle hints of herb and mineral. I enjoy the elegance and purity of the wine and the fact that the vintner let the grapes do the talking. That is to say that they didn't impose any obvious winery techniques or suck the life out of the wine with too much time in new wood.

Overall I have to admit I'm really impressed with this wine. I have tasted dozens of thirty to forty dollar Pinot noir from California that probably doesn't taste quite as good as this. 90+ points

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Aiesha said...

Anytime I read a travel piece I am ready to book a ticket. I'm such a sucker for any cultural experience. Sounds amazing! I've done Europe, much of Asia, and North Africa. Hands down my favorite trip was a food and wine tour to Tuscany. Really had the time of my life and it's like every local is there to help you enjoy. Next trip you should check it out.

 
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