Sunday, April 1, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Veranda Pinot Noir, 2007, Casablanca Valley, Chile - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: The excellent, value-priced pinot noir remains a very elusive goal. This pinot noir, the Veranda 2007, is from a moderate price range, and hails from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. It is from a cooler section, with a Mediterranean Sea influence. The Veranda Pinot Noir is aged in French oak barrels for 10 months.

Original Review, May, 2009: 

In the glass, Veranda is medium ruby red. Upon swirling, it yields fresh, robust red fruit aromas, showing spicy red cherries and black tea.

On the palate, a moderately full experience unfolds, wrapping beefy red currant in a robe of earthy silt. Finish brings on sweet and tangy elements, with a moderately long, fresh close. Clean and beckoning for the next sip. Three stars because I would return for another bottle. Add a plus for its impeccable balance. Good value in a Chilean pinot noir.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate awarded this 88+ points, saying the Veranda Pinot Noir, 2007, "reveals excellent cherry and raspberry perfume... It is a fine value in Pinot Noir." 

Updated review, almost three years later, April, 2012:  Color is still medium red, not showing any brick edges.  A little more tobacco and vegetable stew on the nose, suggesting that it may be showing its age - now five years from vintage date.  The palate carries just a touch of generic "aged red wine" - ie, broccoli and berry/vegetables.  But lively acids and fresh fruit still come in to support the finish.  Drink this up.   

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