Alto Valle del Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina; 13.7% ABV
imported by Vino del Sol, Corralitos, CA
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 17 May
I’ve often found Argentine Pinot Noirs good values, and this is no exception. On the first night, it seemed to be pretty good, but never fully open. On the second night, it was excellent.
I liked it right away, at first pour, when it tasted of lighter cherry / raspberry, root beer or cola, and sappy stem. Over two hours, more fruit and complexity emerged to include darker red fruits of cherry, raspberry, perhaps light strawberry, root beer, orange, and stemmy earth, with a silky texture. It reached its peak about 2:15 after decanting, when it filled out with some purplish red plum. Then, however, it somewhat shut down, never quite delivering on all it seemed to promise.
Some other wines got in the way, so it was probably about a week before I opened the saved screw cap bottle of this wine. After two hours of air, it was delicious! The flavors had integrated nicely, perhaps with added complexity, in a smooth, viscous texture. The nose was of the usual earthy dark cherry / plum, root beer, orange, but also blueberry, hint of prune and sometimes licorice. I found it an unusual Pinot Noir, not obviously like Pinot from anywhere else, but an interesting and very tasty example.
This bottle was courtesy of Richmond Grocery Outlet.