Friday, July 2, 2010
We've had World Wars but Wednesday evening it was Pinot Wars... Chile vs Oregon
I tasted both the Chilean Apaltagua ($13) and the Belle Vallee ($23) from Oregon. Two very different wines but both very nice for the price point. The Chilean was much more floral and earthy, old world, on the nose as compared to the Belle Vallee's mostly red fruit (raspberry, cherry) and a hint of dark fruit like blueberry. They both had a nice structure and good balance. The mid-palate was different as the Chilean was more like forest floor and the Belle Vallee more minerality. The finish was very nice on both, maybe just the slightest hint of white pepper, but that's just me. If you're a lover of the Pinot Noir, I think you'll be pleased with both of these. Cheers to all...