05 Jan 2018

The best sub $15 Pinot we have seen in a long time

The best sub $15 Pinot we have seen in a long time

This is the second release of this wine under the guidance of young French winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier, and the first since the inaugural 2012 vintage.

The Cuvelier family wine roots run deep, from owning a couple of Bordeaux chateaux to starting up Cuvelier Los Andes in Argentina with Michel Rolland. All of the families winemaking endeavors thus far have been in Bordeaux or using the Bordeaux grapes, which means that the younger generation, in the form of Baptiste, is breaking new ground by working with Pinot Noir, and doing it so well.

The 2015 Atanea Pinot Noir is a natural wine which takes a minimalist approach, using native, indigenous yeast and given the minimum of sulfur additions. The fruit, which was farmed using organic and biodynamic principles, was sourced from one of the cooler parts of the Casablanca Valley, a region firmly established as one of Chile's premier cool climate growing regions, and a perfect location for making exceptional Pinot Noir.

Around 830 cases produced, the Atanea Pinot Noir is impressive for its fruit purity and complexity, showcasing the varietal in its purist form. We had great success with the 2012 Atanea Pinot Noir and for those who were fortunate enough to try it, you will love the 2015 vintage. The deal maker is the pricing, where we are offering it for $14.99 a bottle and $13.49 on a six bottle or more purchase. This wine checks all the boxes: it is affordable; environmentally friendly; varietally correct; unwooded (which adds freshness); and has acidity to hold all the delicious Pinot Noir fruit flavors together. Well made Pinot Noir at a great price is always a sure winner.

Posted by Oliver 00:00:00

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