Montsecano 2017 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca

Montsecano 2017 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca

Item Number: 12180

UPC: 7-804635970003

Country: Chile
Region: Aconcagua
Sub Region: Casablanca
Appellation/AVA: Casablanca Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Refugio Vineyard
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Granitic
Elevation: 820 ft
Case Production: 1200

Winemaking Notes: This 100% biodynamic, hand-harvested, single vineyard Pinot Noir is aged and fermented completely in concrete eggs with indigenous yeast. There is no fining or filtering.

Tasting Notes: The wine shows bright raspberry, strawberry jam, with rose petals, violets, and a light component of baking bread. The wine is extremely vibrant with a light, glassy, soft , and smooth mid-palate. The light tannin cradles the wine and lends itself to the refreshing acidity with a long, jam-influenced finish.

Reviews

  • 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.