Happy New Year! Welcome to Window On Wine’s first review of 2013. I hope you’ve had some delicious vinous experiences over the festive season. Many people decide to detox in January. If you’re abstaining, then I don’t think reading about wine counts so you’re OK to carry on! On the other hand, if you’re looking to make a wine related resolution, might I suggest a commitment to drinking less but better in the new year? Not that it’s really any of my business!
For 2013′s first vinous foray I’ve chosen one of my favourite red grapes – Pinot Noir. The Co-operative Premium Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010 is not a delicate and complex wine – don’t think aged Burgundy. It’s very much more a new world style fruit-forward drop. It’s easy drinking and enjoyable.
The Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s cooler vineyard areas. Its proximity to the coast mean that the area is suited to growing this grape variety, alongside Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
Looking at the wine in the glass, I knew that it was going to be a bit more ‘robust’ than the average Pinot Noir – not that there is probably such a thing! It’s definitely medium bodied. To me the aromas are of spicy blackberries with a hint of chocolate. The Analyst detected more red fruit – crushed strawberry and raspberries. We agreed that the flavours were darker and brambly. The wine has quite a spicy finish and you can taste the oak, in which the wine spends 10 months during production. The tannins are extremely smooth. As the wine got more air (after about 90 minutes in a jug) the woody, spicy aromas came out and it seemed a bit more grown up with good length of flavour.
The producers suggest you drink this wine with game. We splashed out on a sirloin steak. However, the meat was so lacking in flavour the wine really dominated. I ended up just enjoying a glass on its own. Just one thing to watch out for – the alcohol level is 14.5%. It doesn’t stand out when you drink it but it might hurt your head the next morning!
The Co-operative Premium Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2010 usually costs £8.99 but it’s available until January 15 for two quid less.
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