2006 Errazuriz Pinot Noir

Rating: ★★★½☆

Vintage: 2006
Producer: Errazuriz
Variety: Pinot Noir
Designation: Wild Ferment
Region: Chile
Sub-region: Casablanca Valley
ABV: 14.5%
Price: $30 (Wine Thief), $29 (EW)

He says: a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir, with an abundant bouquet of ripe red fruits, and a tease of earthiness and smoke. On the palate, very elegant, with layers of complexity, perfect acid balance, and well-integrated oak showing as sweet spice. A nice long finish. This is a brilliant value and an excellent example of how New World Pinot Noirs are giving Burgundy a run for their money.

She says: a good example that there are gems to found if only you look under the stones. A very pleasant surprise that would stand up beside other good new world pinot’s. The Wild Ferment adds a little extra spice at least to the label. My one critique was that the finish was a little hot on the alcohol front.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, Med ruby colour, some light aging on the rim
Smells like: Developing, Med+ intensity, red fruit, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, earth, sweet spice, some smokiness, emerging richness and jamminess
Tastes like: Dry, med+ acid, med body, med tannin, med+ intensity, med alcohol, red fruit, strawberry, raspberry, sweet spice, some layers of complexity, med+ length
Summary: Very good, Ready to drink/can keep

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