Thursday, September 18, 2008


I think I have Pinot on the brain, but I just tried the Montes Pinot Noir Limited Selection 2007 ($12.69) with my wife while unwinding in front of the tube. This new offering from Aurelio Montes and Co. is 100% Pinot Noir from the Colchagua Valley, not a place one would typically associate Pinot Noir coming from, but I love surprises, and this wine is certainly that.

In the glass come the very typical cherry and red berry notes, though they seem much deeper and richer, as if a black cherry marmalade. There are notes of strawberry, violets and slight flavors of Baked Alaska mixed up in there. Well-balanced acidity integrated in a mélange of vanillin oak, sundried berries and baking spices to give you a fairly supple mouthfeel and lingering finish. It seems to be both a Burgundian-leaning and California-styled Pinot Noir all in one, what with 14.5% alcohol and neutral French oak aging, which lends to a fusion that can only be described as a “best of both worlds” wine.

Give it a swirl and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

David said...

It is absolutely delicious! I live in San Antonio and drink it all the time. However, I can't find it at the store anymore.