Pale ruby color; cherry, raspberry, red fruits, some earth on the nose; sour cherry, raspberry, ripe red fruits, strawberry, spice on the palate.
Dry; subtle, succulent tannins; some salinity and minerality; average acidity (3.75 pH). Made with 100% organically grown pinot noir grapes; 15% whole cluster maceration and fermentation. Fermented in small, open-top tanks with native yeasts. Grapes come from Casablanca Valley in central Chile, west of Santiago, where cool weather and Pacific breezes favor pinot noir and white wines. Medium body. 14.5% ABV
Veramonte emphasizes organic principles. Website notes: “We follow organic practices in all our estates to ensure the best conditions for the development of the vine, thus achieving vineyards that are sustainable in time. Through cultivating healthy, living soils and maintaining a natural balance in our vineyards and Winemaking process, we obtain quality grapes that express the full potential of the terroir, leading to wines with character, authentic and expressive.”
The website also notes their incorporation of animals in the vineyard: “Sheep and other animals help us cut grass in spring, air and minimize the compaction of our soils. In addition, they act as a natural fertilizer.” The vineyards also have biological corridors to preserve biodiversity and encourage a self-regulated ecosystem. Veramonte produces all its own compost, utilizing material from the winery and vineyards.
Veramonte Reserva Pinot Noir 2018 is simple, solid, entry-level pinot noir. Expressive organic fruit and some earthiness and tannic touch from whole cluster maceration and fermentation. Sour cherry leads red fruit parade on the palate. Pair with grilled fish; baked salmon; baked and rotisserie chicken; risotto; pasta dishes; lighter beef cuts; veal; venison; avocado salad; lighter cheeses. Terrific QPR (quality-price ratio). $9-12