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Another Pinot from the 2013 vintage, but this one sourced 100% from Casablanca, is the 2013 Pinot Noir 20 Barrels Limited Edition. This is a wine that was born when in the 1996 vintage they selected their best 20 barrels of the grape to produce a high quality Pinot Noir, from their first vineyards planted in Casablanca in 1988. Cropped from a cold vintage, the grapes are destemmed but not crushed and fermented; they start with carbonic maceration in small vats at low temperature, where they keep the grapes covered with dry ice and for around one week. Afterwards, they are foot-trodden and then transferred to barrel by gravity without any post fermentative maceration. The idea of the carbonic maceration is to achieve 40% of what they want, so after that they can do a gentle rest of the vinification. The wine then matured in French oak barriques for one year. The nose is quite Burgundian with traces of smoke, spices and something earthy à la Gevrey, over the core of black cherries. The palate is medium-bodied, nicely structured with good acidity and nerve, clean and not built around concentration, but around its acidity and minerality. Great Pinot, superb value for money. 60,000 bottles produced.
Cono Sur belongs to giant Concha y Toro and produces a whopping 24 million bottles of wine per year. They are specialized in Pinot Noir, but curiously enough their top priced wine is a Cabernet. I met with winemaker Adolfo Hurtado to taste through an impressive line of wines and he explained how in the last vintage they processed six million kilos of Pinot Noir, which I guess should make them the largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world. I was very impressed with their Ocio bottling and I took one bottle to taste blingdagainst a Grand Cru Burgundy with surprising results. Not surprisingly, Martin Prieur from the Jacques Prieur winery in Burgundy is a consultant for the barrel fermented Chardonnays and for the Pinot Noir. Very good value, clean, honest wines.
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