ALKO : Pinot Noir Limited Edition 2011 by Montes (Chile, Casablanca)

Producer: Montes

Wine: Pinot Noir Limited Edition

Vintage: 2011

Origin: Chile, Casablanca

Price range: 10-12€ (Finland, Alko)

Available at Alko: Yes (09/13), 443697

Montes is a producer with good reputation in Chile. The wines, specifically the entry level might sometimes suffer from quite high ripeness and sometimes a too long oak ageing.

This Pinot Noir Limited Edition 2011 does not display this common defect. The nose is pretty brillant. It is very expressive and quite complexe. It starts with a display of intense dark berries, then comes the spices (a characteristic aroma in Chilean Pinot Noir). Slowly this develops into a touch of cacao and a very pleasant earthyness. At this point I am thinking that Montes nailed it!

However the mouth does not deliver. There the fruits and the aromatic complexity fades. It is a bit watery, very acidic and high in alcohol. Only in the finish dark cherries are coming back. It is not very enjoyable and leaves no desire for a second glass.

So it is a bargain for a Pinot Noir and it is a decent wine but this doesn’t blow ones mind. It might however benefit from a couple of year ageing… but I cannot say for sure.

Wineops’ rating: 59/100 ; 5 ?

Ocio 2009 by Cono Sur (Chile, Casablanca Valley)

Ocio is THE Pinot Noir of Cono Sur and probably one of the most ambitious of Chile.

The grapes come from the Casablanca Valley, one of the coldest and best place in Chile, with a much cooler climate than most other regions. Soil is sandy with a bit of clay, climate of 2009 was rather good (especially compared to the quite bad 2008). It has been all manually handled and spent 14 month in oak barrels.

First, I must say that I open this wine probably a bit too early as it will probably improve and be at its best in 3 to 5 years.

The color is deep… really deep dark ruby with almost purple reflections (which is not common in a Pinot Noir). It is almost impossible to see through. The nose is very concentrated and shows hints of pepper, dark ripe fruits. Black cherries, plums… it is not overripe aromas but on the verge of excess. The mouth is surprisingly tannic for a Pinot Noir but it is quite soft. We find back the same aromas and the fruit again, but rather on the sweet side. The length is good but not astonishing, and so is the general complexity.

So is it a good wine? Well that is a difficult question. As a Pinot Noir, it is definitely not a good one. The wine is so over extracted and over ripe that it displays none of the character of the Pinot. It rather taste like a Syrah! Otherwise, one cannot say that it is bad. The balance is good, the aromas are pleasant. It is a bit heavy and a bit simple but this should improve. However as an Icon wine of Cono Sur, this is a failure. We do taste a good wine but nothing exceptional. At Alko’s price, it was absolutely a NO-Buy (over 50€), but you can still find it around 35€ at Helsinki-Vantaa airport or on Viking Line.

Wineops’ rating: 75/100 ; 5 +

Ocio 2009 by Cono Sur

ALKO: 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2007 by Cono Sur (Chile, Casablanca Valley)

The past few years I had the great pleasure to see how fast the Chilean wines improved. First they stopped being over the top fruit and oak bombs. Second, they developed their terroir. One great example is Cono Sur Vision label. In 2009 it was sourced from different locations in Chile. In 2010, it became an only Bio-bio valley wine.

Connected with the first point, they also managed to deal better with the warm and dry climate, which often leads to under-ripped (yes I said under-ripped) wines in terms of flavours and over-ripped in terms of sugar. This has dramatically diminished and a very good example would come from the comparison of wines like Las Brisas Pinot Noir by Viña Leyda from the recents vintages (2006-2010). The difference is stunning. The same with Syrah, another sensitive grape (contrary to what is usually thought).

A few day ago we tasted 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2007 by Cono Sur, which is one of the top range wines of the brand. Dark rubis colour with clay-red reflections, showing that this wine starts to be aged. The nose is a splendid and deep example of Pinot Noir. Fruit is elegant and blended with subtle oaky notes and earthiness. This is layered and structured, very nice complexity. The mouth is rond, silky yet powerful, like any good Pinot should be. Same dominants with a long and tasty finish. As they say, this is great stuff! The style is an in-between modern and traditional burgundy taste and it could easily be mistaken with a Village Pinot Noir from Côte de Nuits. This wine is highly recommandable. One of the very best bottles I tasted from Alko.

Wineops’ rating: 88/100 ; 0 0

A Pinot Noir at his best. Ready to drink. This wine should not be opened long before tasting. A around 25€, it really is a good value for money wine, especially to match a fine Christmas meal.

Link to Alko: HERE

Beware that this is a product from the « sale to order » selection (« tilattavat » listing). To get these wine, it is very easy, you go to your local Alko and order directly the bottle.

Pinot Noir 20 Barrels 2007 by Cono Sur

Quick review : Tributo Pinot Noir Single Vineyard 2009 by Caliterra (Chili, Casablanca)

Je ne peux pas faire autrement que vous informer sur ce très joli Pinot Noir du Chili, très certainement un des meilleurs qu’il m’ait été donné de boire.

Ce Tributo Pinot Noir Single Vineyard 2009 ne pêche par aucun des défauts classiques de la région : ou être un vin de maturité douteuse ou ne manifester rien du caractère d’un Pinot Noir. C’est au contraire un Pinot Noir de forte personnalité, bien mené, fondu, délicat.

Au nez, il est très expressif avec les traits caractéristiques du cépage. On est sur la framboise, la fraise et la violette, en bouche les arômes se développent sur la cerise et une acidité de bon aloi. La finale est plaisante, assez longue et fraîche. En somme c’est un très bon vin, largement supérieur à la plupart des Pinot Noir standard que j’ai pu goûter en Bourgogne et je vous le recommande chaudement (si vous le trouvez).

Ma note : 80/100 ; 0 0