jamie goode's wine blog

Monday, July 10, 2006

Pleasantly surprised by a Chilean Pinot Noir this evening. After a good, competitive game of football I got home and cracked open a sample. It was the Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2005 Rapel, Chile (available at £4.99 from just about everywhere, including Morrisons, Waitrose, Somerfield, Budgen, Tesco, Sainsbury and Oddbins). For a fiver you get an enjoyable, bright, fruity red wine that actually tastes of Pinot Noir, with bright dark cherry fruit and a nice savoury, subtly medicinal, herby twist. It's very drinkable indeed. Not great, but it over-delivers and is highly food compatible.


At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Shon said...

I find Chilean Pinot Noir getting increasingly better and more interesting. Slightly higher up the scale than the Cono Sur is the Secano Estate Pinot Noir from Leyda Valley at £6.99 at Marks and Sparks. It's the best Pinot I've ever had under a tenner.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the tip Shon, I shall seek it out

At 1:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Secano Estate is made by Viña Leyda (one of my favourite Chilean producers) and is a fabulous drop at that price. It's about £2 cheaper than their 'branded' bottlings and not too dissimilar in terms of quality.
Well worth a look.


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