On the forth day of Christmas….

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

[In song] On the forth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a fruity Pinot Noir from Chile….
When done well Pinot Noir is as good with food as it is to gift to a wine lover and a decent one will always impress. It’s a classic red to serve with turkey but insipid and dry leathery ones from Burgundy won’t cut it: no, to go with turkey and all the trimmings you need to find one with some body, layers, fruit and complexity.
Chile is the place to turn to for reliable and often excellent value for money Pinot Noir like this one from Cono Sur. It’s a Reserva which in this case means it’s been aged in oak barrels for 10 months which has given the wine an extra dimension and added intensity. It’s made from grapes planted in the coastal influenced part of the Casablanca Valley, 75km or so north west of Santiago, which is very much a cool climate area but has lots of sunshine to ripen the grapes fully. Cono Sur Reserva Pinot Noir 2012* is a heady example of what I’d like to see Burgundy producing more of. It’s full of fresh brambly fruit characters, light spices and some earthiness and has a smooth texture and enough oomphto stand up to even the best bits of Christmas dinner like pigs in blankets, stuffing, bread sauce and gravy.
* Available at tesco.com, £9.99

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