2013 Underraga “Sibaris Gran Reserva” Pinot Noir, Leyda Valley, Chile (Alcohol 14%) LCBO Vintages $15.95
Don’t be expecting any Burgundian nuances here, this is pure Chilean fruit-driven pleasure, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. The fruit is all vibrant, bright red cherries, strawberries, and raspberries with little hints of floral, cracked pepper, and a distinctive wisp of smoke. On the palate one will find both ripe (but slightly sullen) plummy flavours and a raspberry-like tartness. Whilst not the most complex of beasts, there’s plenty to enjoy here, with soft and supple tannins that make for some remarkably easy drinking, especially when chilled down a little before consumption.
This is actually quite a lot of enjoyment for a measly $16, and simply the perfect wine to sip whilst cuddling up on the sofa for a bit of Netflix and chill… or something like that.
(Three and a half apples out of a possible five)
Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And that’s a steal at $15.95