Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir 2015
This wine displays lovely fruit purity with just the right amount of oak that adds roundness and texture without pinching down on the fruit in the nose and mouth. Beautiful black cherry fruit is touched up with a light earth tone and light stemminess adding complexity to the fruit aromatically. Fruit forward in the palate, this still possesses good structure to the dark red berry fruit. Medium to medium fuller bodied, this has sleek tannins that play off perfectly against the wine’s fruit intensity and a lovely, almost silky texture that gives this an engaging suppleness in the palate. A nice acid backbone gives freshness and length that brings this to a lovely finish. This is a very nice drop that represents serious Pinot value.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir 14.5% alcohol
Winemaker notes: On arrival at the winery all grapes were de-stemmed and crushed to open-top tanks. The must was then warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts (Assmanhaussen and RC212) and fermented during 10 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and color. Following the completion of fermentation the wine was drained off (after a total maceration time of 9 days) and put to barrel. The wine was aged for a total of 6 months in second use French oak barrels before being bottled with minimal filtration. Now things have changed immeasurably and Chile seems to have the inside track on the value-oriented Pinot Noir category, something that no other country, so far at least for the time being, seems capable of doing in the near term future.
Casas del Bosque sprang to life in 1993 as a family boutique winery dedicated exclusively to the production of high quality wines. And by all accounts this boutique operation is ably fulfilling its mission, as the recent spate of 90+ point ratings from world renowned critics will attest. Casas del Bosque is located just 40 miles from Chile’s capital of Santiago and a mere 18 miles from Chile’s principal port of Valparaiso. This boutique operation cultivates its own vineyards in the nearby Casablanca Valley, the preferred place for premium Pinot Noir, Syrah, and white grape varieties. They also have significant vineyard holdings in the premier red wine producing valleys of Maipo and Rapel south of Santiago, areas noted for fashioning exceptional Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon. Casas del Bosque’s meticulous attention to vineyard management and careful site and varietal selection guarantee superior fruit for the winery’s portfolio of high quality wines. Such care has also earned Casas del Bosque the distinction of Chilean Winery of the Year at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London for two years in a row and most recently Decanter magazine’s Platinum Award for the estate’s Syrah.