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If you enjoy a juicy, medium bodied red wine with vibrant and mouth watering red berry (strawberry/raspberry) and cherry flavours then a Pinot Noir can fit the bill. However Pinot Noir wines are generally quite expensive and good, affordable examples suitable for everyday drinking are thin on the ground. Despite this a great example exists in the form of Cono Sur Pinot Noir from Chile which is superb value for money. I think Chile produces some easy drinking, pleasing red wines in the lower price brackets and this is no exception. This wine normally retails at the £5-6 price range at a number of major supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys, Somerfield and Waitrose included) and is often discounted to the £4-5 area. It makes for exceptionally delicious drinking on its own with delicious red berry flavours with a hint of smoke in a very, juicy lively body with very soft tannins. The latter feature means the wine will not leave you with a harsh, mouth drying feeling after swallowing thus further enhancing drinkability and makes it possible to serve it lightly chilled (nice on a warm day, if anything exists in the summer of 2007 !). It is not overly complex in flavour but who really cares in its price range. This wine as well as being a pleasing stand alone glugger can also partner a pleasant lunch or dinner centred around light meats, salmon or a mild curry. Overall a top drink for lovers of great value red wine and very hard to fault given its price!
I have a friend who likes chilled red so will recommend this wine to her :o)
Miskah 18.07.2007 21:07
an interesting read ♥Beth
torr 18.07.2007 12:31
Welcome to Ciao. I think this has the makings of a pretty good first review, but it could do with a bit more structure and better layout. There is an "edit review" button at the top of the page to help you do this, if you wanted. Duncan
An elegant, voluptuous Pinot Noir with a deep, clean and bright ruby red colour. The nose ... more
carries through with amazing finesse and complexity, where notes of fresh cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum, mingle in with leather and smoked hints in the background. Outstanding extraction, deliciously long and soft finish. This sophisticated and complex wine is the result of New World fruit vinified according to Burgundys tradition. Generally known as a sexy wine, Pinot is a natural choice for some of the latest culinary trends. Fusion cuisine, for example, goes very well with Pinots versatility. It will also enhance the flavour of whole grains, all kinds of mushrooms and herbs, making it a favourite for vegetarians. In broader terms, this is a wine that will make any white meat look good; also soups, stews and flavourful fish dishes. Among cheeses, it prefers the dry and tough ones like Edam. Cono Sur was born around the oldest Pinot Noir vineyards in Chile. We were the first in Chile to produce Premium Pinot Noir, and also the first ones to export it. Producing this variety has been Cono Surs most exiting challenge.