If you’re looking for a good introduction into Pinot Noir I’ve found two very good affordable Chilean examples, the ‘Luis Philipe Edwards Estate Collection Pinot Noir 2012’ from Morrison’s and the equally good ‘Santa Rita Winemakers Lot Pinot Noir 2012’ from Tesco.
Luis Philipe Edwards Estate Collection 2012
Light typical Pinot colour in the glass with aromas of smokey strawberries and raspberries which gives way to a rich elegant mouth full of slightly spicy, ripe juicy red fruits, again predominately strawberries with just the right amount of sweetness and a little touch of herbs. Soft tannins and a lasting finish make this a very enjoyable wine that can be enjoyed with or without food and currently on offer at Morrison’s for around £6 reduced from £9.99 but even at the higher price it’s still good value. 14% ABV.
My Rating 8/10 Corks – Morrisons offer around £6 (normally £9.99)
Santa Rita Winemakers Lot Pinot Noir 2012
Taste – aromatic and sweetish were my first thoughts, full of juicy red fruits with a touch of spice. Very nice mouth feel and very easy to drink and 13.5% ABV. Being a little on the sweet side it did feel like a new world Pinot and that sweetness might not be to everyone’s taste, for me though it was very enjoyable.
Chile are now producing some pretty good, really affordable wines and this is a good addition to the Tesco range up there alongside Casillero and Cono Sur.
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks – Tesco £7.99