Montsecano 2019 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca
Item Number: 15590
Sub Region: Casablanca
Appellation/AVA: Casablanca Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Refugio Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Granitic
Elevation: 820 ft
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.
Luis Gutiérrez's Chilean Wine Value of 2018, December 2018
"The Pinot Noir 2017 Refugio from Montsecano in Casablanca has to be one of the best values in Chile. 2017 was a challenging year, but they managed to produce an amazing wine, perhaps thanks to the many changes they introduced that year. For those of you who might not know Montsecano, it’s the joint venture between Chilean photographer Julio Donoso, Alsace superstar André Ostertag and some other financial partners and friends. 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 sulphur and no oak in this wine, and it has some of the character from the full clusters. However, the palate is very relaxed and harmonious as well as being minerally, with plenty of finesse and perfectly ripe fruit but without any excess. It is subtle, elegant and simply amazing; it has depth yet is approachable and very drinkable. I love the style and I consider it the best vintage they have ever produced at the domaine. It's a real bargain with some aging potential."