Vina Leyda Pinot Noir Lot 21 2013 750ml
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Vina Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2013

Casablanca - Chile

Professional Wine Reviews for Vina Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2013

Rated 91 by Decanter
A little earthy and funky with meat and dried strawberry character. Medium body, good tannins and a spicy meat undertone. Delicious and satisfying for those who like a decadent style. Drink now. (Suckling)
Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Pinot Noir Lot 21 is produced with selected grapes from 1.5 hectares in the Block 21 inside El Maitén Vineyard, which was planted in 2009 on shallow soils with clay and quartz over a bed of granite mother rock. They used 15% full clusters in the fermentation in open stainless steel vats, which was provoked exclusively by indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in French oak barrels, 10% of which were new, were the wine matured for around ten months. The soils are different, but the grapes are sourced from the same vineyard as the Cahuil. It's perhaps a little earthier, spicier, still showing those notes of strawberry preserve and even hints of forest floor. It has good tension and verticality. From 2014, they started experimenting with 2,000-liter foudres and egg-shaped cement vats in their search for the tension and verticality of Pinot Noir. 6,000 bottles produced.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir grapes have been cultivated in and around the Burgundy region of France for centuries, where they have long been favored by vintners for their wide range of flavors, their thin skins and for producing wines which have light, smooth tannins, and a beautiful garnet red color Whilst they remain one of the flagship varietals of this special region, their wide popularity and recent status as a fashionable 'romantic' varietal has led to them being planted in almost every wine producing country in the world. However, the Pinot Noir demands a huge amount of care and attention from the wineries that wish to grow it, as this varietal is particularly susceptible to various forms of mildew and rot. Despite this, the grape is otherwise a favorite with wineries for the fact that it requires little extra effort once it begins fermentation. Pinot Noir is also widely known for producing some of the world's most famous sparkling wines, being one of two key grapes for the production of Champagne, and several other sparkling varieties.

Country: Chile

When the wealthy new landowners of the 19th century began planting large vineyards in the fertile central valleys of Chile, they must have been impressed at how successful the imported Old World grape varietals took to the land. However, such a fact is hardly surprising; with eight months of blazing sunshine coupled with oceanic winds from the west, and crystal clear spring waters from the Andes irrigating the soil, grapes such as Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were given everything they needed to flourish, and more. As the centuries passed, Chilean wineries continued to expand and experiment, resulting in a wide range of wine production methods and techniques, and consistently producing fine quality wines perfect for the international market. Nowadays, Chile is renowned for producing a wide variety of crisp white wines, and juicy, fruity reds enjoyed around the world for their drinkability and flavorful character, making this country very much one of the 'New World', albeit one with a fascinating link to the Old.