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Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 5.27.06 PMWhenever people ask ‘why blog about the wine you drink?’ I usually answer with a few different answers. First, writing down your tasting notes about wine really challenges you to think and enjoy what you have in the bottle instead of blindly going through bottle after bottle of different wines not challenging your palate. The second reason is when you have a searchable electronic copy of a lot of what you drink. How many times have you said, ‘have we had this one before?’

Today’s continuation of the Pinot Noir overload is the 2013 Cono Sur Reserva Especial Pinot Noir from Chile. You have to be very specific because Cono Sur has a lot of different wines and even has many different Pinot Noir.

Here is the information from Cono Sur’s website:

This is a very expressive, friendly and voluptuous Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley, which has been distinguished for its outstanding aromatic qualities. Crisp notes of plum, morello cherry and raspberry combine harmoniously in the nose with subtle floral hints and touches of coffee and chocolate. The mouth is expressive, balanced and pleasantly lingering.

What did I think?

Color – Transparent garnet.

Nose – Cranberries, black pepper, and tobacco.

Taste – Black pepper, cranberries, and tobacco.

Finish – Medium to long with high acid and smooth bold tannins.

Overall, as you can see this wine tastes exactly as it smells. Of course, with notes like black pepper, cranberries, and tobacco this is not a bad thing. The tannins on this one is much higher than the other Pinot Noirs and I like it a lot. For a Pinot Noir, this is full-bodied and goes down easy. I highly recommend this one.

Rating: A-

~Justin