Do you have a bottle of Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Pinot Noir in your collection (email me at webmanager (at) conosurwinery (dot) cl to see if you can get it near you if not)?
This wine is pretty special. It comes from the second highest range of Cono Sur wines and is a delicious, Burgundy-style Pinot Noir. To select the wine for 20 Barrels, Cono Sur chief winemaker Adolfo Hurtado gets his winemaking team together and, with the help of French winemaker Martin Prieur, tastes it barrel-by-barrel and according to their tasting notes and the scores each barrel gets, it either makes the cut or doesn’t.
I was fortunate enough to sit in on (and taste) part of this process – it was fascinating to see how the the winemakers’ opinions never vary more than a point or two (they use a 1-20 scoring system).
As someone who has recently begun to love Pinot Noirs and whites over my standard favorites of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, it’s always a treat to sit in on winemaker tastings and see what my palate’s missing and what it’s actually picking up on.
So if you’re interested in tasting it from the winemaker’s perspective, here is a short guided tasting with Adolfo: