The 2019 Las Pizarras Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir from slate (pizarra) soils, is mellow and soft in this vintage. The grapes were picked early, between February 26th and 28th, and after a four- to five-day cold soak, they fermented in small open vats with 15% full clusters and 12 to 20 days of maceration. It's perfumed and floral with notes of roses and red fruit and a faint twist of iron. It has structure and a chalky texture, with good depth. It's long and tasty, with very fine tannins and a bitter twist in the finish. It matured in French oak barrels, 45% of them new, for 13 months. 6,615 bottles were filled in May 2020.
Drink 2021 - 2027
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Aug 2021)
The 2019 Pinot Noir Las Pizarras comes from Quillota, Aconcagua and is 15% fermented in whole bunches before spending 13 months in 45% new French barrels. Cherry red in the glass. The nose offers gunpowder, undergrowth and blood over a bed of herbs and rose petals. In the mouth, the tannins from the stalk and wood make for an overbearing structure right now, but this should improve in bottle.
Drink 2021 - 2026
Joaquin Hidalgo, vinous.com (May 2021)
About this WINE
Vina Errazuriz was established by Don Maximiano Errazuriz in 1870 and today the company is run by his descendent, Eduardo Chadwick. The company has four separate estates, with its original estate and spiritual heartland being in the Panquehue sub-region of the Aconcagua Valley. Here the vines benefit from the cool and rainy winters, as well as the warm summers. Most importantly, the majority of the vineyards are situated on slopes, which ensures that the grapes reach optimum ripeness.
Californian winemaker Ed Flaherty joined in 1997 and he has taken the wines to new heights, largely through fine-tuning vineyard practices and by reducing yields.
Without doubt one of the very best Chilean producers.
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.