Cono Sur

Owner(s) Guilsati and Larrain
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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.

Reviewed Wines

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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