2013 Tobiano, Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley

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Press and Tasting Notes

[90 pts Stephen Tanzer] Tobiano Pinot Noir features black cherry, dark spice and mint, some toast, a touch of toasty oak and minerals. Medium bodied, good cut and acid balance. --- [Wine Spectator] Spice, briar and earth hints lead the way for a core of mulled blackberry and cherry fruit, which lingers on the nicely focused finish.

A Merchant's Pick


Featured September 24, 2012

THE REVIEW

Three generations ago, a family from Michigan traveled to Chile in search of gold. While unsuccessful in the mines, they were fruitful in the vines of the Casablanca Valley.
    Stephen Tanzer has called Kingston Family Vineyards one of "the best wineries in Chile." The winery is quickly becoming the reference standard from which Chilean wines are judged.
    After recently tasting through the lineup of this spectacular producer, the Tobiano Pinot Noir stood out for its exceptional quality and tremendous value. If this wine were produced in California or Oregon, it would easily exceed $45 per bottle. Tobiano is an example of how Chilean Pinot Noir can be grown and crafted into wines of character and individuality.
    Typically only found in restaurants, Tobiano is a stunner. It is a reminder that, indeed, there is gold in the hills of the Casablanca Valley. The wine boasts black cherry, dark spice and mint, some toast, a touch of toasty oak and minerals with well balanced acidity. Spice, briar and earth hints lead the way for a core of mulled blackberry and cherry fruit, which lingers on the nicely focused finish.
    Enjoy now and over the next five years with salmon, roasted chicken and/or mushroom based cuisine.Read More »