Volcanic Chilean Pinot Noir – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Volcanic Chilean Pinot Noir


Soils in the Bio-Bío vineyard


Pilar Díaz makes this wine from a vineyard in Rapelco, near Mulchén, where the soils derive from the Andean volcanoes of Chile’s south. It’s a pinot noir imprinted by the cool winds, the plentiful moisture in the soils (there’s no scarcity of rain in this river valley), and particularly by the trumao, the red clay formed from volcanic ash, tuff and lava. It’s a similar tannic character to what you might find in some of the país grown on trumao just to the north, in Itata. Here it elevates the black-cherry richness of pinot noir, the tangy licorice and brisk freshness, completing the wine with that distinctive tannic detail. A fragrant, volcanic pinot noir for grilled quail.

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This story appears in the print issue of August 2021.
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