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2020 Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir

September 18, 2022

One of the cool things about wines from South America is that many of the wineries are producing high quality wines that are organic and biodynamic.  Some of the producers are taking this a step further and crating some great natural wines.  The Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir is a wonder example of this.

The grapes are organic and biodynamic, indigenous yeast is used, and it is unfiltered and unfined so it is friendly to our vegan friends out there.

The aroma shows of raspberry, bark, and a hit of cola.  It has an undertone of leather and fungi.

In the glass it appears garnet with maybe a hint of tawny coloration, and, as a natural wine is a bit cloudy in appearance (yes you may get an unfiltered particle on the glass.)

On the palate raspberry and a bit of cola appear first, giving way to a hint of strawberry and tartness on the finish.  I would say it is almost jammy.  

This wine is a wonderful sipping glass on a hot summer day, or on a not so hot fall or spring afternoon.  It will pair with many items on our menu from a lighter chicken pabellon plate for lunch to the bigger lomo saltado for dinner.

Producer: Bodega Montescano

Vintage: 2020

Region: Casablanca Valley, Chile

Alcohol: 12.8%

Body: Light to Medium

Why we chose this wine: This is a wonderful example of the quality of Chilean pinot noir, and that of a natural wine.