Friday, March 20, 2009

Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2007

It's often said by professional wine writers that this Chilean wine is the best value for money Pinor Noir on the planet.  At £5.99, that just might be true.

I'm not really a fan of it, but that doesn't mean it's not any good.  It's made in a new-world style, which means fruit-forward, richly coloured and (just about) gluggable.  The pitchfork-and-hay character of the grape is there, but it's very much in the background.  More than say, Australian versions such as this.  It comes across as a bit confected - a sort of soft-drink version.

I respect Cono Sur for what they are doing.  They are presenting themselves as a quality winemaker without pretense, and providing the consumer with affordable, good quality wines.  They have a number of ranges of wines of varying quality, and this, the plain "Cono Sur" brand  is the bottom rung.  I am interested in trying some of their higher end wines, as I suspect they would be very interesting.

So if you are keen to try a new world Pinot Noir, and don't want to break the bank, this may be a good one to try. 

Pinot Noir 2007
Central Valley, Chile

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