2016 Elqui Wines Pinot Noir, Elqui Valley, Chile
From the importer:
The transversal Elqui Valley borders the Pacific Ocean to the West, the Atacama Desert to the North, and the Andes Mountains to the East. While it sits closer to the equator than any other fine wine region in Chile, evening winds blast through this valley 365 days a year bringing summer nighttime temperatures to as low as 40 degrees and creating electric natural acidity in the region’s grapes
Danish born and raised Steffan Jorgensen (previously Head Winemaker at Bergevin Lane in Walla Walla) and his wife Pamela Nunez (native to Chile and an experienced winemaker with stints across Chile’s top properties) make small lot varietal wines and blends from 20 acres of estate fruit planted in four separate vineyard sites
Very long maturation period in the vineyards due to very cool nights which makes for an oscillation (day/night swings) of nearly 40F. Harvested by hand in 20 kg small crates between April 10th and April 16th, 2013. Fermented in specially designed small open top 4000 kg stainless vats with temperature control and punched down for gentle extraction. Very important to maintain fresh fruit characters in finished wines. Fermentation takes approximately 12-14 days with a total skin contact time of 3-4 weeks depending on lots.
100% Barrel aged entirely in tight grained French oak barrels for 24 months with 30% New.
Fresh sour red and dark cherries intertwines with sweet raspberries burst form the glass followed up by a mineral spice core and hints of black rose petals. In the mouth, voluptuous and rich, with fresh opulent fruit notes and velvety super silky tannin. The wine lingers with pure and utter elegance. Chile´s most Northern Pinot Noir in all its glory!
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