Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pinot Noir

I had given up on finding great Pinot Noirs in Argentina. At least I never really found the style that I personally like (smooth structure, earthy silky mouthfeel with aromas of strawberry style, lush but still complex, not missing the freshness) , so here is the absolute exception, so excited about it!!
Brand: Mudai
Winery: Palo Alto
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Winemaking: traditional winemaking method with long fermentation and maceration (29 days) in steel tanks (use of selective yeasts). 100% of the wine is then aged in new French (60%) and American (40%)oak barrels for 3 months. Winemaker is Luis Martinez. Only 4000 bottles made!!
Alcohol: 13%
Average Price: € 15,00
Tasting Notes: aromas are beautifully present from the beginning: strawberries, blackberries, a soft earthy note as well as a bit of smoke, and what I completely love about it …. hints of orange peel which gives it a fresh touch! This same complexity and freshness is repeated on the palate, well combined with rich red fruit and presenting a wonderful soft structured, velvety ending. And the alcohol is not even that high. Wow, the bottle was empty so quick…

Drink now through 2011

Food Pairing Suggestions: had a glass of it yesterday with some Brie cheese and it was a damn good combination. The wine just cleared out the palate entirely , no problems at all with the sticky texture of the cheese, the fruity flavors were delicious with the creamy flavors, dream team!
General rating: 4 tastevins - Categories: Fun sit down bottle:-)
Winery notes: Inside an old winery in Maipú with cane ceilings, adobe walls and long subterranean cellars obtained from former tanks, the latest technology being used is surprising. A modern mobile crusher, temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and first use oak barrels are the tools available to the enologist Luis Martinez who specialized at wineries in California. The first vintage was in 2004 and the winery counts with vines up to 35 years old.

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