The Pinot Noirs of Chile: Continued Progress

Chile is one of the most promising New World producers of Pinot Noir. Today producers are experimenting with growing Pinot Noir in marginal growing conditions, from Limarí in the north to Bío Bío in the south and including the cool coastal areas of Casablanca, San Antonio and Leyda, in addition to the Maule Valley. As an update to our Report # 21 The Chilean Wine Revolution, we recently tasted new releases of Chilean Pinot Noir. We’ve been impressed with the sustained improvement of Chilean Pinot Noir, so we were curious to see whether the lastest releases continue the trend. We’re happy to report that they do. We published our complete tasting notes on newly released Chilean Pinot Noir as a wine review article on our home page. Below we report our top ten favorite Pinot Noirs of the tasting. Unfortunately, we did not have new releases from Casa Marin or from Undurraga, but we’re confident they would also have ended up in our list of Chile’s best Pinot Noir.

International Wine Review’s List of the Best Chilean Pinot Noir

Veranda 2008 Pinot Noir Grande Cuvée Millerandage Bío Bío Valley ($40) 92

Chilcas 2008 Pinot Noir Single Vineyard San Rafael-Valle del Maule ($18) 91

Cono Sur 2008 20 Barrels Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley ($30) 91

Kingston Family Vineyards 2008 Tobiano Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley ($20) 91

Tabali 2009 Reserva Especial Pinot Noir Limari ($19) 91

Errazuriz 2009 Pinot Noir Wild Ferment Valle de Casablanca ($21) 90+

Matetic 2009 Corralillo Pinot Noir San Antonio ($28) 90+

Tabali 2009 Pinot Noir Reserva Limari ($15) 90+

Amayna 2008 Pinot Noir San Antonio ($35) 90

Kingston Family Vineyards 2008 Alazan Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley ($30) 90

Montes 2008 Montes Alpha Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley ($24) 90

Quintay 2009 Clava Coastal Reserve Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley ($13) 90

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