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Wine Tasting Note: Ventisquero Pinot Noir, 2004, Casablanca Valley, Chile.  Add/Read Comments

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Ventisquero Pinot Noir, 2004Any idea what tulip bulbs smell like? Without going a-digging in the garden me neither, but that was one comment thrown at me as we delved into the gorgeousness that is this Pinot. At a guess the combination of earthiness, slight floral edges, damp soil, and mysterious depths could be what they were aiming at.

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Ventisquero Pinot Noir Reserva, 2004, Casablanca Valley, Chile.
Flying Corkscrew £7.49.
Putting aside the wet-earth, planting metaphors, flavours of plums and coffee abound. Stewed raspberries too with a blackberry finish. Lovely balance, mid-weight palate. Soft tannins making it suitable for drinking on its own but it is also versatile enough for food - I saw a note somewhere that mentioned 'smoked salmon, rich chicken casseroles'. Fantastic value at £7.49. Alcohol 14.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100

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Ventisquero Pinot Noir Reserva, 2004 is simply put, the best value for money Pinot Noir that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It has a full bodied toasty oakiness that does not overpower the earthy tones of this wine.

Little a new comer to pinot noirs and almost gave them up as the ones I tried were either too thin and watery or sugary sweet. At a suggestion of my local wine dealer (who knew I prefered single malt scotchs and liked complexity in my drink) I tried this.

In a word....WOW.

Incredibly balanced and a complex fusion of tastes. I didn't get such a strong earthy taste as the reviewer, but it certainly was there. Even still the rasberry/plum and sugar notes balanced them out and I could swear I even tasted a hint of chocolate.

For the $15 I payed, this is easily one of my favourite wines and an excellent example (IMO) of a pinot noir.

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