Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Winechat: Argentine Pinot Noirs

It hasn't been too long since I discovered how fun it is to participate in #Winechat, hosted by Protocol Wine Studio. One of the best things is that, on occasion, one gets to taste wines that are either out of one's realm in terms of price or knowledge. When I think of Argentine wines, I immediately think of Malbec, as I think it is for many people. I was thus really excited when Dan of Argovino, sent me samples of Argentine Pinot Noirs.

I'm not well-versed in Pinot Noir, even though I've had some great examples, most notably at events like Pinot Days. It's a finicky grape to grow and then vinify, so good versions tend to be more expensive than not. Dan promised us that these wines would blow us away, especially for the price. The evening turned out to be a real treat.

Wine Tasting Notes:
Trapiche Pinor Noir 2012

Trapiche Pinot Noir 2012: sandy soils; up to 2,500 feet in elevation; aged for a short period in stainless steel; light filtration; light ruby red; tart cherry and floral nose; cherries, green pepper, and vanilla flavors; slightly sour finish; 13.5% ABV; synthetic cork closure SRP $6.49

Familia Schroeder Saurus Pinot Noir 2011

Familia Schroeder Saurus Pinot Noir 2011: picked by hand; fermented in stainless steel; 40% aged for three months in oak barrels; light ruby red; flowers, bright berries and vanilla on nose; blueberries, dark cherry, and red berry flavors vanilla and tannins on finish; noticeable alcohol: 14.3 % ABV; 7,000 cases; synthetic cork closure SRP $13.59

Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2011

Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2011: ungrafted vines from 1932 and 1955; aged 12 Months in French oak barrels; garnet red in color; red currant nose; bright red berry and fig flavors; tannic, almost metallic, most peculiar finish; 13.6 % ABV; cork closure SRP $24.99
I really enjoyed these Pinot Noirs and felt that they were pretty good from a quality to price ratio. While I don't think these will overtake Malbec in people's perception of Argentina in terms of wine, these definitely  offer a nice alternative.

Disclaimer: These wines were provided for review purposes.

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