Chile’s Limarí Valley, about 200 miles north of Santiago, is considered one of the country’s most exciting and innovative wine-producing regions. Known as Chile’s green north, this cool-climate area is particularly known for its outstanding chardonnay. However, the Limarí Valley has also gained a reputation over recent years for its delicious pinot noir. Below is a fine example of an excellent and affordable Limarí Valley pinot noir compared with a basic pinot noir from the Burgundy region of France.
Concha y Toro 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Pinot Noir, Limarí Valley, Chile
Bought • Costco, 4200 Rusty Road, in July for $11.99
Description • This small-production pinot noir earned well-deserved scores in the 90s from several wine critics. Aged in French oak for 11 months, the wine was made from Burgundian clones grown in the limestone- and clay-rich soils of the highly regarded San Julián vineyard. The result is a very flavorful, medium-bodied, complex red with firm but silky tannins. Invitingly earthy and spicy, it tastes of concentrated cherries and raspberries. It would go well with grilled white meats and salmon.
Louis Jadot 2015 Pinot Noir, Bourgogne, France
Bought • Costco, 4200 Rusty Road, in July for $14.99
Description • This pinot noir, which was also well-received by critics, is a very different style than the Marques de Casa Concha. Light-bodied and delicate, it has a lower alcohol level of 13 percent compared with 14.5 percent found in the Marques de Casa Concha. This is a very easy-to-drink red with soft tannins. Aged in French oak for nine months, it tastes of red fruits with notes of earth and spice. It’s light enough to be sipped with appetizers or as a pair with fish and vegetarian entrées.