VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Cono Sur is a prominent winery in the Colchagua Valley of Chile, which is close to the Pacific Ocean. Founded in 1993, and owned by Guilisati and Larrain, its name comes from the geographic nickname of the cone-shaped tip of South America (cono - cone and sur - south). The foggy and cool microclimate and stone-clay well-drained soils are paradise for Pinot Noir. The first Pinot Noir vines were planted back in 1968 and today Cono Sur is the largest producer of Pinot Noir in South America, and possibly even the world (230,000 cases for 2007).
Adolfo Hurtado has been the winemaker at Cono Sur from the beginning. His resume includes work at Domaine Jacques Prieur in Burgundy so he is well-suited to head the Pinot Noir program at this winery. Grapes are sourced not only from plantings in Colchagua Valley, but also San Antonio and Casablanca. Three Pinot Noirs are primarily exported: Southern Cone is from the Colchagua and Central Valleys that is very reasonably priced, Vision is a step up in quality and price, and the higher-end 20 Barrels ($25). Cono Sur’s top Pinot Noir is Ocio.
The importer is Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL.
Articles About Cono Sur
2012 Cono Sur Bicicleta Chile Pinot Noir
$13.5% alc., $6.99, screwcap. Imported by Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is devoid of fruit, offering aromas of wooded forest, pine cone and Christmas tree. Soft in the mouth with a cherry core, bright acidity and notable oak presence. Balanced oaky tannins and a cherry-infused short finish complete the picture. Score: 79. Reviewed December 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2005 Cono Sur Southern Cone Central Valley Pinot Noir Chile
14.0% alc., $8. · A light-bodied un-oaked wine with fruity aromatics highlighted by smoke. Nice and sweet dark cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit on the palate with frisky acidity. Phenolic bitterness dominates the finish. Reviewed April 30, 2007 ARTICLE »
2005 Cono Sur Vision Colchagua Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., $12. · This Pinot Noir is sourced from 78-year-old vines. Plenty of air time is required to smooth this wine out. It is light and soft with some attractive spiced cherry flavors and plenty of earthiness. There is prominent oak from start to finish and a lively acid spine. The plentiful funk in the nose and finish might appeal to Burgundy lovers who admire kinky wines. Reviewed April 30, 2007 ARTICLE »
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