These are both good wines, offering some Pinot Noir character at a good price, but they’re a bit lacking in elegance. I’d recommend them, but only on the basis of value for money, and because it is so, so hard to get good cheap Pinot Noir.
Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2009 Central Valley, Chile
Vibrant, juicy and fruity with cherry and plum notes, a well as some savoury spiciness and a hint of rubberiness. Tastes like Pinot, though, and for this price that’s an achievement. 83/100 (£6.99 Oddbins, Majestic, Asda, Booths, Budgens, Londis, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose)
Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserva 2008 Casablanca Valley, Chile
Minty, spicy oaky edge to the bright berry fruits nose. The palate has a hint of earth and some warm spicy notes underpinning the fresh, focused cherry fruit. More elegant than the regular Pinot Noir, but does it need the oak? Warm finish. 87/100 (£7.99 Somerfield, Tesco)