Cono Sur 2015 Bicicleta Pinot Noir

March 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir2015 is the most anticipated vintage in recent memory. The world over 2015 was one of the best vintages, so as I was strolling through the ‘candy’ store looking for a Pinot Noir I spied a 2015 and grabbed it.

The reason we are seeing 2015 light bodied red wines from South America, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia is because the growing season is opposite to ours in the southern hemisphere. Medium and full bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Malbec will likely appear in a couple of years. Expect to see 2015 whites and rosés from the northern hemisphere in the next few months.

The Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir has consistently over delivered for as many vintage as I can remember, so my expectations were kind of high. Not only was I expecting a strong showing due to consistency, but add on the 2015, and I was expecting a lot.

The good news this wine does totally over deliver for the price. Amongst Pinot Noirs of this price range, this would easily be in my top 2. I’m not so sure the quality of the vintage showed through as much as I was expecting, but given my overall enjoyment of the wine I would say the 2015 is a testament to the truly high quality for the price of previous vintages.

Price ~ $11

Score ~ 7.7/10 Over Delivers

The nose shows cherry, cola and strawberry, while the palate has a lovely silky texture. As for the finish there is some fresh cherry and black pepper just to entice you into a second glass.

I would pair this with a nice gouda cheese, grilled or roasted poultry, pasta marinara.

Grapes ~ 100% Pinot Noir

Store Section ~ Chile

Availability ~ Both Private and Public Stores.

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Picks of the Week… So Far

January 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

Something new!

Each week I will post the Top 3 Scoring Wines of the week, that way you can plan your weekend shopping and get the most out of your wine weekend.

Given that this is the first time that I have done this I have expanded the pool to the last 2 weeks. Seems only fair.

Did you know that the Bold black non-Italicized text is a link to the original review? Go ahead, click the link and enjoy the ride.

1. Santa Rita Winemaker’s Lot Carmenere-Cabernet Franc-Cabernet SauvignonIMG_0691

Price – $13.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

2. Vina Maipo Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $10.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.7

3. Cono Sur Organic Carmenere-Cabernet Sauvignon

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.5

Honourable Mention – Painted Wolf ‘The Den’ Chenin Blanc

Price – $14.99

Rating – Over Delivers

Score – 8.4

Have a great weekend and look to see a fresh reviews starting again tomorrow.

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Con Sur Organic Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere

January 17, 2015 § 1 Comment

Score: 8.5  – Over Delivers2015/01/img_0699.jpg

Price: $14.99

About the Wine: Dark purple/ruby in the glass. The nose shows ripe plum, currant, red berries and just a hint of black pepper. The palate is ripe and well-balanced. Juicy soft tannins make this a good sipper or a great match for red meats and hearty dishes. It is also certified Organic.

Value: This is a no brainer trade up in price from Santa Rita 120 Cab or Merlot, Beringer California Cab, and Bear Flag Smooth Red. I would also suggest that, if you’re having Steak or Lamb, you might as well save yourself a couple of bucks and choose this wine over the likes of Apothic Red, or 14 Hands Hot to Trot.

Added Value: This wine really shines if you are BBQ’ng. It is also very applicable to Movie Night or Girls Night Out.

More To The Story: The people in the Chimbarongo region of Chile have always had a down to earth tradition. Simple foods, sustainable agriculture, and perhaps most importantly, respect for others. Did you notice the bicycle on the label? This is the main mode of transportation in the Chimbarongo and has become the symbol that represents their way of life.

Service: Let this wine breathe for about 30 minutes or run it through your Vinturi. This wine is like a rose that needs to blossom; give it time and it will be a wonderful experience.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere

Store Section: Chile

Appellation: Colchagua

Available: BC Liquor Stores, Everything Wine, Metro Liquor Tuscany Village, Beverly Corners Liquor Store

Buy Online: Metro Liquor, Everything Wine

Alcohol: 14%

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