South America has no shortage of great producers, and whether the wine in your glass is made by a locally owned firm or one from outside, say, Chile or Argentina, chances are it’s a winner. These two countries are, after all, home to some of the most drinkable, delicious, and affordable wines around.
And soon, there will be a new entry to the market: Famed Burgundy producer Nicolas Potel. Decanter.com is reporting that he “will head to Chile to make Pinot Noir in 2010. The winemaker will produce his first vintage of Chilean Pinot Noir in the up-and-coming Bio Bio region, in a joint venture with Chilean group Vina Corpora...”
This is great news for Pinot fans, and yet another example of how important South America has become in the global wine industry. The full story is available right here.
And while we’re on the subject of South America, I recently tasted the Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2008, a charming, well-balanced red that’s perfect either on its own or at the dinner table. The nose is unmistakably Cab, with notes of black currants, tobacco, mint, cedar, and dark cherries. On the palate, it’s both medium-bodied and rich, seamlessly textured, and speaks of charred oak and minerals, with nods in the direction of more black currant, mint leaf, vanilla, and a whiff of sandalwood. Well-made and wonderfully affordable.