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7 Chilean Pinot Noir to decompress this summer

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Pinot Noir is a sought-after grape variety all over the world. From California to Burgundy, it is attracting demand. Winemakers around the world are now growing quality pinot noir to capitalize on the demand for this popular international variety. Chile is no exception and has planted the variety throughout the country with great success, finding well-suited cool-climate sites along the Andes Mountains.

Much of Chilean Pinot Noir is grown in the warmer north. You can find it in the Casablanca Valley as well as the Leyda Valley, but there are pockets of dedicated pinot noir vineyards throughout the country in other regions.

The wines lead with aromas of red fruits, such as raspberries and cherries, but the wines are well suited to aging in oak barrels, which can lead to hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and other baking spices. It is not uncommon to also find flavors of stone, tobacco and hints of green tomato.

Pinot Noirs are a great summer wine as they tend to be lighter in body and alcohol, with many enjoying a light chill on a hot day.

Here are seven we recommend:

Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Reserve

Casas del Bosque 2019 Reserva Estate Pinot Noir in bottle (Casablanca Valley); $18, 88 Points. Peppery plum and tomato aromas include a touch of green herbs, while this pinot is lightly concentrated, fresh and racy. The raspberry, tart cherry and thyme flavors are peppery throughout, while it ends with a slight bitterness. Best buy.Michael Schachner

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Brands of Casa Concha Pinot Noir

Concha y Toro 2019 Marques de Casa Concha Coastal Vineyard Pinot Noir (Limarí Valley); $20, 88 Points. Zesty red fruit aromas of cranberry, cassis and raspberry include a note of iodine and a hint of dried meat. This is a lively style of mid-weight pinot. Spicy oak notes accent plum and raspberry flavors before a finish fueled by healthy acidity. —Michael Schachner

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Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir

Cono Sur 2018 Ocio Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley); $42, 90 Points. It opens in the glass with aromas of strawberry, cherry and clove, with a slight hint of struck match. The palate offers firm tannins and generous red fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry with subtle oak and spice, all supported by good acidity. The wine is very pleasant and has a lingering finish. —jesica vargas

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Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2020

Montes 2020 Alpha Pinot Noir (Aconcagua Costa); $20, 90 Points. Ripe cherry, nutmeg and a slight salty note emerge from the glass. Silky tannins frame the tasty mouth. Flavors of cherry, plum and cinnamon (with a slight espresso note) are supported by just enough acidity to refresh the medium finish. —jesica vargas

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Ventisquero Heru Pinot Noir

Ventisquero 2018 Herú Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley); $35, 91 Points. This elegant wine has delicate aromas of cocoa powder, black pepper and red fruits with a hint of espresso and a subtle woody note. The palate has firm tannins and a nice juicy acidity. It is savory with notes of cherry and raspberry mixed with coffee beans and spices. It has a fresh and persistent finish. —jesica vargas

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Casablanca Nimbus Estate Pinot Noir

Viña Casablanca 2019 Nimbus Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley); $25, 88 Points. Aromas of plum and blueberry present as ripe and ready. The palate of this warm year Pinot Noir is fresh and quite tight. The plum, cassis and pepper flavors stick to a fairly narrow path, while this tastes slightly medicinal on a steady finish. —Michael Schachner

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Marty - Silver Drop, Pinot Noir, 2020

Viña Marty 2020 Goutte D’Argent Pinot Noir (Leyda Valley); $20, 90 Points. This wine features bright strawberry and raspberry aromas with an aromatic nose. Good acidity brings freshness to the juicy palate. It offers flavors of red fruits and a touch of spice. It is not a complex pinot noir but it is a very pleasant wine. —jesica vargas

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Posted on July 6, 2022