Thursday, August 18, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - Chilean Red - 2013 Anakena Ona Special Reserve Pinot Noir

One of our favorite experiences at the Aspen Food and Wine classic this year was a tasting of the wines of Chile.  I have dabbled in Chilean wines, but hadn't really had a chance to taste the diversity of wines, or hear the passion of the winemakers.  We wound up putting a visit to Chile on our must-do list to try more delicious wine, and see a country will the Andes on one side, and the ocean on the other!  Not too many choices back home at Total Wine for wines from Chile - but I did find a Pinot Noir to try... so .... let's drink!
Wine: 2013 Anakena Ona Special Reserve Pinot Noir

Region: Leyda Valley, Chile
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $18
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Clear, light red, transparent.
Aroma: Tart red fruit like cranberry, candied darker fruit like fig, a good amount of clove.
Taste: Very high acidity, tart fruit, clove - tastes like it smells!!! Long finish but the acidic sensation outlasts the fruit flavor by quite a bit - leaving me mouthwatering and tasting the clove.

The Grade: I give this one a B. For my personal taste I didn't care for this wine. I like my red's bigger and not so overly acidic. But... that doesn't mean that you won't like it - in fact for a sub-$20 Pinot it is a fantastic value. If you like lighter, acidic reds... give it a try!  Cheers!

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