2017 Rafael Tirado Laberinto Pinot Noir

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A Pinot Noir from Colbún in the Maule Andes; clones 777, 115 and Davis planted in volcanic soils. A fairly intense red in color, the pleasant nose contains cherries and strawberries over a bed of earth. Complete and classical, it takes you by surprise on the palate with the chalky texture, gentle, juicy tannins and heightened freshness. A delicious wine.

Vinous Media | 92 VM

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Vintage 2017
Color Red
Country Chile: As the world's seventh-largest wine producer, Chile has a lot to offer to wine adventurers such as yourself. More than twenty grape varietals commonly see use, and the environment and climate conditions of the country allow for flexible, experimental methods that make the wines that much more compelling. Interestingly enough, France's viticultural influence on Chile is greater than Spain's. Cabernet Sauvignon has recently become the most planted varietal in the region, although the unique Chilean terroir is still sensed in full force. If you're in the mood for something different, the mad scientists behind Chile's most reputable wineries are ready to impress.
Producer Rafael Tirado
Rating 92 VM
Region Maule: Maule's southern position is responsible for many of the differences between this region and the Central Valley of Chile. The nights are colder, rainfall more consistent, yet the days are still very bright and sunny. These conditions make room for a long, steady growing season, resulting in wonderfully balanced flavor profiles of the grapes, leaving them ripe and juicy with perfect acidity levels. Previously only recognized as the producer of Pais, Maule has adopted some international wines in the recent past, helping rebuild its reputation. Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon can now easily be found here. The lovely Carignan vines typical for this region resist the modern tendencies of their motherland. These wines showcase gentle earthy spirit with remarkable depth and bulks of plums and blackberry in each sip. Compared to its more famous Chilean counterparts, Maule still has a long way to go. Still, fame isn't everything. While the world is busy focusing elsewhere, this enticing region builds its portfolio rapidly, as if awakened from a long period of winter. It's one of those rare places that have retained character, withstanding the pressure to conform. This resilient yet soft spirit certainly shows in Maule's wines, waiting to be discovered and treasured for what they're worth.
Type of Wine Chile Red: Whether you prefer the potency of an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, the seductive appeal of Syrah, or the compelling puzzle of a top-notch Pinot Noir, Chile has more to offer than you can even imagine. Their wines are more than eloquent when it comes to terroir expression, and they paint these varietals in a heavenly light.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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