Pinot Noir from deep down in Chile
By W. Peter Hoyne
Elite | Larry Ruehl~Sun-Times Media
2009 LLai LLai Pinot Noir, Bio Bio Valley, Chile
This South American offering is a joint venture between Vina Dos Andes and American company W. J. Deutsch & Sons. The vineyards are situated 300 miles south of the city of Santiago in the southernmost region of Chile. LLai LLai means "strong winds" and the moderating influence of cool coastal temperatures in the Bio Bio Valley along with alluvial, volcanic stone and silty, clay soils allow this Pinot Noir to be very expressive and enjoyable.
The dark garnet color opens to subtle aromas of roasted meats and herbs. Almost reminiscent of an old world wine, the flavor profile opens to a savory frame of red raspberry preserves and rhubarb with brown spice and smoke undertones. There is elegance along with ample extraction that compare to many Pinot Noirs at a much higher price point. This is one of those rare, everyday value wines.
Suggested Retail: $ 11.99
W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.