Montsecano

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Country of Origin: Chile
Location: Casablanca Valley
People: Julio Donoso & André Ostertag, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Montsecano 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley Login In Stock
Montsecano 2017 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca Login WA 94 In Stock



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Montsecano is a collaboration between Julio Donoso of Chile and André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in Alsace. Julio Donoso, a famous fashion photographer, met André in the early 90s while shooting a story on him. Friends for many years, Julio convinced André to travel to Chile and see his family's property. For André, it was love at first sight. It has been said that he even teared a little while viewing the property. André joined forces with Julio immediately after the trip.

Montsecano is a biodynamic estate consisting of two hillside, granitic, small vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. A minimal approach is used in the horse-plowed vineyard and winery. The wines are made exclusively in stainless steel micro tanks or concrete egg fermenters. No oak is used. The small production consists of two Pinot Noirs, which are quickly being recognized as the benchmark for South American Pinot.

Montsecano is a member of Chanchos Deslenguados.

Wine Advocate 4/2017
"Montsecano is the name of the Pinot Noir-based project in Casablanca of Alsace's André Ostertag and his Chilean friends. They produce some of the variety's best wines in Chile. 2016 is the first year when André had the help of his son, Arthur, who brought some new ideas, like the use of some 20% full clusters and the use of two or three pressings. In that challenging year they were able to harvest all the grapes before the rains. It has to be one of the best vintages of Montsecano."

Reviews

  • Montsecano 2017 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (10/31/2018)

    The 2017 Refugio Pinot Noir shows a reductive personality that I love as well as some flinty notes, so decanting in advance could be a good idea. Refugio is less prone to frost, as it's made from grapes from the valley. Ostertag's son, Arthur, is now involved in the winemaking, and as a result, they made a lot of changes in 2017, such as including about 25% full clusters in the fermentation. They use no sulfur and no oak in the production of this wine, and it has some of the character from the full clusters. However, the palate is very relaxed and harmonious and also mineral, with plenty of finesse and perfectly ripe fruit without excess. This is subtle, elegant and simply amazing; it has depth yet is approachable and very drinkable. I love the style of this wine. I believe this is the best vintage they have ever produced. A real bargain. I'd buy this by the case. It has some aging potential. It was bottled in February 2018.