Alta Tierra Pinot Noir Gran Reserva 2014

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Elqui Valley
Pinot Noir

While world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and native Carménère dominate among Chile’s best-known reds, the country’s diverse geography is “fertile ground for cool-climate grapes,” writes Wine Spectator – and this succulent Gran Reserva Pinot Noir is prime evidence.

In the cool Elqui Valley, along the gorgeous southern edge of the Atacama desert, Aldo Olivier’s Viña Falernia is a "pioneering, maverick winery, single-handedly responsible for putting Elqui on Chile’s fine wine map," raves renowned writer Peter Richards in The Wines of Chile. While Aldo’s best known for his Syrah (his have won ‘Best in Show’ and gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards), he’s got the know-how and perfect setup to craft many other, world-class styles, too.

Like Aldo’s other Alta Tierra wines, this fine Pinot Noir was crafted in small volumes exclusively for our customers. Bordering the Andes, the Pacific Ocean and the desert, Aldo’s premium Titon Vineyard (one of the coolest in Elqui benefits from a unique microclimate, where cooling breezes, clear skies and pure, intense sunlight help to produce intensely ripe grapes with concentrated flavors. The hand-picked fruit was cold-macerated prior to fermentation on its skins (for deeper color, flavor and aromatics), then treated to eight months in fine French oak, for additional complexity.

Vibrant brick-red in the glass and brimming with fresh cherry, berry and spice aromas and flavors, this is the perfect foil to a variety of foods, from savory pork and duck to weightier types of fish (try salmon or tuna steak). It’s also lovely with soft and mild or creamy cheeses, including Chèvre, Gruyère and Gouda.