One of the attractions of this bottle apart from being from Chile and the fact that it was on offer were the two award stickers on the top left of the label, one being a silver award from the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit competition) and the other a gold award from AWC (Vienna International Wine Challenge).
I have tasted the 2012 and looking back over my notes I see I enjoyed it, so what was the 2013 like, well, again I kind of enjoyed it but I can’t remember the 2012 having quite as strangely intense nose as this, think cooking a dish of fried liver on bonfire night that’s exactly what the nose was like, burnt out fireworks and liver were really prominent, muted red fruits including strawberries and cherries were there but way in the background.
Colour was very light (could see my fingers through the glass), taste was on the sweet side and a little more fruity than the nose, strawberry pastilles, candied cigarettes, smoke and a little spice, I can’t help feeling though, the taste was perhaps a little artificial.
Paired this with roast chicken and it went pretty well but I couldn’t get that burnt out firework smell out of my head or should I say the nose. Not the best Pinot Noir I’ve had, definitely not the worst, not a lot more to say.
My Rating 6/10 Corks
Various stores around £7
** Had a little drop left to try the next day, in my opinion, much better, the over the top aroma had settled and the fruit much more to the fore, if perhaps still a little sweet.
So, maybe open this and drink it the next day
If you’re looking for a good introduction into Pinot Noir I’ve found two very good affordable Chilean examples, the ‘Luis Philipe Edwards Estate Collection Pinot Noir 2012’ from Morrison’s and the equally good ‘Santa Rita Winemakers Lot Pinot Noir 2012’ from Tesco.
Luis Philipe Edwards Estate Collection 2012
This award winning wine comes from the Leyda Valley Chile where the vines are grown in a cool climate close to the Pacific ocean.
Light typical Pinot colour in the glass with aromas of smokey strawberries and raspberries which gives way to a rich elegant mouth full of slightly spicy, ripe juicy red fruits, again predominately strawberries with just the right amount of sweetness and a little touch of herbs. Soft tannins and a lasting finish make this a very enjoyable wine that can be enjoyed with or without food and currently on offer at Morrison’s for around £6 reduced from £9.99 but even at the higher price it’s still good value. 14% ABV.
My Rating 8/10 Corks – Morrisons offer around £6 (normally £9.99)
Santa Rita Winemakers Lot Pinot Noir 2012
In the glass it was light in colour, see through and a violet red. Lovely nose of ripe cherries, raspberries, very aromatic with pine needles and a slightly savoury.
Taste – aromatic and sweetish were my first thoughts, full of juicy red fruits with a touch of spice. Very nice mouth feel and very easy to drink and 13.5% ABV. Being a little on the sweet side it did feel like a new world Pinot and that sweetness might not be to everyone’s taste, for me though it was very enjoyable.
Chile are now producing some pretty good, really affordable wines and this is a good addition to the Tesco range up there alongside Casillero and Cono Sur.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks – Tesco £7.99