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Jun
10

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day twenty

Chile

Chile. The main wine region is in the red box.

In my previous post I talked about Chile and its wines. Well, this week will be a Chilean wine week since I purchased four Chilean wines.   

To start off this mini Chilean wine tour inside of the Juicy Wine tour, I will be drinking a Pinot Noir. I picked out a Chilean Pinot Noir for one reason: Chile is Oregon south. That reason is based on this assumption: Oregon makes the best Pinot Noirs in the world, and since Chile has a similar coastal arrangement as the Oregon coast, maybe its Pinot Noirs will fair the same.Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva 2007This Chilean wine tour will kick off with Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva 2007. It’s from the Casablanca Valley in the Aconcagua region. (Look at that, you can even learn a little geography while you are here.)   

Alright. ¡Vamos! 

When I was pouring this wine, it looked a little darker and fuller than an Oregon Pinot Noir. (By the way, the best Oregon Pinot Noir is Erath.) As I hold it in the light, that difference is less pronounced. The color and translucency are very close. So, hopefully the nose and taste will be, too.   

The nose is delicious and juicy. It smells a bit like cherry cola with raisins and other berries, even blue berries. The body is delightful, though heavier than an Oregon Pinot Noir. I taste strawberry jelly and spirit. It’s spirited. How about that. It’s also got some musk and tobacco. There’s a cranberry and peppery finish to it, and the finish is long. The tastes in this Pinot Noir are similar to an Oregon Pinot Noir, but they are more pronounced. It’s louder and proud. I forgive its pride, accept its spirit, and say, Pour it again, Sam. //


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