Chile is a coastal country, long a thin, with a hot desert in the north and a cooler climate similar to around San Francisco as you go further south. I received a bottle of Cono Sur Pinot Noir Rosé Brut sparkling wine where the grapes come from the more southern Bio Bio region of Chile. This wine is made in the Charmat method.
My Wine Tasting Notes
Cono Sur Pinot Noir Rosé Brut, NV (BC $16.49 on sale at BC Liquor stores)
Appearance: A medium intensity orangey peach colour. With quite frothy bubbles when poured in the glass and persistent bubbles streaming upward in the glass.
Nose: Medium-plus intensity aromas of toast, strawberries and a touch of red fruit and apples. Mostly toasty aromas.
Palate: This wine is dry, with very high acidity. Medium-plus body and flavour intensity. Medium-sized, creamy biting bubbles when first poured. Toast and strawberries primarily on the palate to start, and you can then add in some bramble and bitterness. Tart fruit flavour. If you wait a few minutes for the bubbles to lessen then you get more fruit flavour from this wine and pick up red fruit flavours. I’d suggest not sipping this wine as soon as you pour it.
Finish: A medium length finishing with red fruits and some bitterness.
With the high acidity of this wine, I would not sip it on its own. Enjoy it with your appetizers at dinner. The acidity should cut through any fattiness in the appetizers, and then offer up the strawberry and red fruit flavours.
Rating: A very bubbly sparkling wine. Primarily toast and strawberry aromas and flavours. Medium-sized creamy and biting bubbles that are quite persistent. Let the bubbles subside a bit in your glass for a few minutes before sipping so that you can enjoy the fruit flavours in the wine.