So tonight, I have four Pinot Noirs open. A chance to do some comparative tasting.
I love Pinot Noir. It’s such a great grape variety. So, for me, this is a joy of an evening. How do the wines rate?
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2011 Casablanca Valley, Chile
I actually opened this wine yesterday evening, and I didn’t like it then. But coming back to it a day later, it’s much better. Some chocolate and spice on the berry fruits nose. The palate has lovely vivid, meaty, fresh cherry and berry fruits. Quite supple and sweet but with nice elegance, and some grippy, spicy tannins from the wood. This has a lovely core of sweet cherry fruit, but it needs more time. At the moment it’s a little angular and closed in. 91/100 (available from Asda wine online, http://direct.asda.com/Wine/ £16.97)
Bouchard Pere et Fils Savigny-Les-Beaune 2011 Burgundy
Vivid cherry and spice, quite angular with some woody, grippy notes as well as the bright cherry fruit. Lacks the sweetness of fruit to carry the structure and comes across as angular and firm. 86/100 (£16.99 Waitrose)
Karl H Johner Spatburgunder Kaisterstuhl 2010 Baden, Germany
Highly aromatic with that sweet leafy, herby character that so many German Pinots possess, as well as supple, bright, floral red cherry fruit. The palate is sweet, fresh, fruity and silky with a distinct green herby edge to the fresh fruit, as well as a hint of Bovril. Not too serious, but silky and seductive. Good value. 91/100 (£13.95 The Wine Society)
Vina Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2008 Leyda Valley, Chile
Ripe, smooth, sweet raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of meat and spice. It’s a ripe style of Pinot, but there a smoothness and elegance here, as well as fine, spicy undercurrents. Concentrated and smooth, with real finesse, this is pretty serious. 94/100 (bought a few years ago from The Wine Society for around £16)
So three hits and a miss. The miss was the Burgundy. I’m not totally convinced by Chilean Pinot yet, but these were two good bottles.