Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $ Pinot Black, Pinot Noir, Limari Valley, Chile, 2007 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: Pinot Black Pinot Noir is from grapes harvested in the El Molle VIneyard, Limari Valley, Chile. It is finished at 14% alcohol. Of late, Chile has been offering some excellent new-world-style, deep red wines at excellent value. This wine was procured as part of the Barclay's Wine Experience wine club offering.

Original review,  October, 2009: 

In the glass: A medium red ruby with light hints of purple. Classic color for pinot noir.

On the nose: Deep, bold, red cherry and black oak aromas waft from the glass. Solid new world pinot noir is suggested. I'm thinking a deep, lightly sweet sip will follow.

On the palate: As promised by the nose, a full mid-palate sweetness comes on first, followed immediately by a loose-knit tannin flush across the upper palate. There are prickly acids on the tongue that play with the sweet cherries. You can detect the alcohol as it brings the flavors up the sides of your cheeks.

And the finish: Full, pleasant, lightly sweet finish, that is carried along with a certain brightness. Brings you back for the next sip.

In summary: Full-frontal but still charming pinot noir experience, classically in the new world style. Four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, as I would not veer from it for an evening's sipping pleasure. Awesome value. Also, one of the VERY FEW modestly priced pinot noirs that I would recommend as being of high value. Try some.

Updated review, a year and a half later, May, 2011:  Deep burgundy shows brick now at the edges.  Aromas are deep, but oxidized, almost vegetative. The palate is full, with deep red cherry, but a bit flabby and tired.  Suggest enjoying Pinot Black within a couple of years of the vintage date.  Not one to hold 

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