A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of dining and winetasting with one of Chile's wonderful winemakers, Felipe Tosso along with his North and South American Sales Director Juan Ignacio Zuniga at Capital Grille in NYC. Felipe is the Head Winemaker at Ventisquero Vineyards.
The second wine in our tasting was this wonderful Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley. After fermentation the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months (35% in new barrels, 35% in second use and 30% in third use barrels), followed by 3 months in bottle before release.
Deep ruby colors frame a bouquet of strawberry and red fruits, with touches of cinnamon spice and vanilla. On the palate slight hints of cherry and coconut with a mild herbal edge, and a smoky mineralty. Delicate and complex, this one has a playful finish with attractive round tannins.