Refreshing as it has been to spend the past few weeks sampling the many new beers available to me, my liver demands a balance of libations…meaning I haven’t neglected in consuming a fair amount of wines and spirits that weren’t available to us in Wyoming.
While reacquainting my palate with many of the great wine regions around the world, varietals, and styles I recently found myself imbibing in multiple glasses of the 2010 Veramonte Ritual Pinot Noir.
Ever since the movie “Sideways” and the ensuing masses clamoring for Pinot Noir, finding reasonably priced bottles of the varietal has been somewhat tricky. Often the best value Pinot Noirs come from non-domestically produced New World wineries and the Veramonte is just that.
Sourced from vineyards in the Chile’s Casablanca Valley, a mere 21 miles from the cool air of the Pacific Ocean, the Ritual is a round and assertive Pinot Noir that still brings the softness in flavors and texture expected from the varietal. While lovers of more Burgundian styles of Pinot Noir might feel this wine a little too empowered for their tastes, those who dabble in big reds will find nothing egregious about this gem from South America.
Here is my complete review:
2010 Veramonte “Ritual” Pinot Noir (Casablanca Valley, Chile)
Dark ruby red in color, the Ritual’s nose is dusky with black cherry, the lightness of red fruits, and cedar. Offering a balance of tannins and acidity, the palate is round and expansive with an assertive raspberry flavor along with tobacco and spice notes. The wine’s essence lingers pleasantly on an extended off-dry finish. Decanting recommending.
Retails around $20
And for your enjoyment a clip from Sideways…
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