Pinot Noir from Chile, Burgundy and California

Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2011, Burgundy, France (£16.75 Majestic, NISA, Constantine Stores, Bacchus Wine, Noble Green Wines, Village Wines, Cotswold Vintners, Eagle Wines, Partridges of Sloane Street,
Typical young Jadot style, with great depth of plummy red berry fruit and an earthy undercurrent in a firm, tannic overcoat. Rather forbidding at the moment, but should be singing in 5 years. B+

Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir 2013 Leyda Valley, Chile (£15.99 try The Wine Treasury or ABS)
There’s some rather attractive cherry and red berry fruit here, but the rubbery/metallic imprint of reduction is writ large over it. Thought it might improve with time, but on Day 3, but still dominates the wine. Hmmm… (hard to score – this seems flawed)

Casa Silva Cool Coast Pinot Noir 2012, Paredones, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£15.95 Averys, Vesuvio, Roberts & Speight)
I like the floral aromas, fresh plum, red berries and cherry flavours, and nicely judged smoky oak influence, but while there’s a velvety textures, there’s also the warm burn of alcohol on the finish. Good but not great B(+)

Edna Valley Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Central Coast, California (£12.99 Majestic)
The warm, bruised, sour cherry character is OK, but the Jammie Dodger character to the fruit speaks of overripeness. In addition, there’s a slightly confected vanilla edge, a little too much charred oak, and a medicinal note on the finish. C

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