RKS 2023 Wines: Chilean Pinot Noir from the Casablanca Valley

We move to a Chilensis 2017 Signature Series Pinot Noir from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. The Casablanca Valley is Chile’s premier cool climate wine region with its gentle Pacific Ocean breezes, early morning fog and old granitic soils that create a rich tapestry of terroirs and make it one of Chile’s top white wine producers. So how does Pinot Noir fare?

Aroma: A classic Pinot Noir bouquet with plenty of raspberries and strawberries with a dusting of milk chocolate.

Palate: While not delicate it is not gruff and aggressive as some Chilean Pinot Noirs can be. Why not say it is medium bodied? It lacks definition on the palate. While enticing aromas rule the glass on the nose here on the palate where has the fruit disappeared to? A bizarre combination of preserved cherries, rutabaga and gravel.

Personality: I am not pleased with RKS 2023 Wines’ review so far. So what if I lack oodles of fruit on the palate. A politer statement might be I am a lean Pinot Noir! Get this Canadian to Chile and we will show our Casablanca brilliance.

Food match: A classic “Friday night wine”. You know what I mean by that right?! Pizza, burgers or leftover pasta. Wink. Wink.

Cellarbility: No point in that. Drink by the end of 2023.

Price: $19.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 86/100. Jamessuckling.com 91.

(Chilensis Signature Series Pinot Noir 2017, Casablanca Valley, Via Wines, San Rafael, Chile, 750 mL, 15%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 28591).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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