Four Chilean Pinot Noirs plus a Burgundian interloper


Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2009, Central Valley (£6.99 Oddbins, Majestic, Asda, Booths, Budgens, Londis, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Somerfield, Tesco, Waitrose)
Refreshing, young, almost chillable Pinot, with plush plum, raspberry and cherry flavours and a soft, earthy finish. B(-)

Cono Sur Pinot Noir Reserva 2008, Casablanca (£7.99 The Co-op, Tesco)
Lighter but finer than the basic Pinot, also more aromatic, with raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry flesh and an earthy, iron-like minerality. S-

Louis Latour Marsannay Rouge 2007, Burgundy, France (£12.99-£14.99 Majestic, Fine & Rare Wines; Flourish and Prosper, Howden; Forth Wines Ltd; Medina Wines, Yarmouth; Milford Wine Centre, Godalming; Nethergate Wines; H T White; The Wine Cellar, Douglas)
A rounder, gentler style, softer and more mature, but also feels simpler. Pleasant red berry and cherry fruit, a touch of minerality on the finish. B(+)

Casas del Bosque Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2008, Casablanca (£12-13 Awin Barratt Siegel, www.everywine.co.uk)
Rich & intense, starts off with prominent smoky chocolate wafer oak, and then the fruit emerges – fresh and slightly cooked red berries and plums – and there’s a touch of spice on the finish. Very tasty and promising. S(-)

Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2008, Casablanca (£20.99 Oddbins, Tesco, Waitrose)
Gentler and finer than the Casas del Bosque, confident in its lithe juiciness, and with more subtle oak, rich but always fresh, with gentle plum, ripe tomoato and black cherry flesh and a yummy finish. S(+)


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