The coastal breezes, intense sun and cool evenings of the Tapihue region in Casablanca Valley provide the perfect microclimate for producing fresh, ripe and expressive Pinot Noir.
Appellation: Casablanca Valley, Chile
Winemaker: Felipe Tosso
Tasting Notes: A lively, medium-bodied wine with ripe cherry flavors and silky tannins
Food Pairings: Serve Root: 1 with paella, shellfish bisque, mushroom risotto or roasted duck.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Casablanca Valley
Casablanca Valley is one of the newest regions in Chile. Northwest of Santiago and less than 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Casablanca Valley is a prime area for cool climate grapes. The area was discovered when Pablo Morandé, who was then working for Chilean giant Concha y Toro, started looking for a growing environment similar to Carneros. Planting in the valley expanded rapidly in the 1990s, yet there are few wineries based there. Most of the roughly 10,000 acres of vineyards are farmed by wineries based elsewhere in Chile or by private growers. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot noir and merlot are also in the region.