Friday, January 1, 2010

Castillo de Molina Reserve Pinot Noir 2006 Casablanca Valley

Castillo de Molina is the premium brand of Vina San Pedro winery, the second largest exporter in Chile. Vina San Pedro also produces the budget line of Gato Negro. The winery sells wine on five continents.

Marco Puyo is the chief winemaker and he devotes most of his energies to Castillo de Molina and VSP's other premium brand, Cabo de Hornos. He worked many seasons in France including time with Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux and stints in Burgundy and Champagne.

This bottle was purchased at Maumee Wine for $9.99. This had an intense aroma and had an intensity unlike the smooth and mellow Pinots to which I'm accustomed. This is a reserve wine from Chile that pairs well with game, beef stew, big fish dishes, or pasta in tomato sauce. It is light in body and offers flavors of red berries and vanilla -- but with attitude.
Grapes are grown in the Casablanca Valley. The valley’s low temperatures encourage the grapes to ripen more slowly, and the harvest is two to three weeks later than other Chilean wine valleys. The resulting wines are highly concentrated and aromatically intense, with very good acidity and a crisp finish.

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