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2007 Kingston Family Vineyards Alazan Casablanca Valley Chile Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $30. Carl John Kingston came to Chile in the early 1900s looking for gold and five generations later, his decedents still farm family vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. The name, Alazan, is inspired by a favorite family horse from years past. The consulting winemaker is Byron Kosuge. · Deeply colored in the glass. The nose is somewhat strange offering no fruit but plenty of smoke, cigar, and oiled wood aromas. The palate is a different story all together. Luscious core of blue and black berry fruit with smoke and grilled meat in the background. Nicely proportioned tannins and acidity with a satiny texture and a pleasing riff of citrus on the clean finish. Love the taste of this wine and worth a look for its uniqueness. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010

Winery: Kingston Family Vineyards
From article: Small Sips of Pinot