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2012 Santa Carolina Pinot Noir Reserva 

Casablanca, Chile

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$10 Retail

Grapes for this wine were sourced from estate vineyards in the Casablanca Valley on Chile's coast. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Andes mountains, the cooling Humboldt current flowing up the South American coast and ocean breezes create an ideal climate for growing grapes. At the winery, 25 percent of the harvest is fermented in open tanks and the remainder in stainless steel tanks. Ten percent of this blend is aged for six to nine months in French oak barrels. The wine offers aromas of red and black cherries, strawberry and hints of earth and oak. On the palate, taste ripe cherries, currants, plum, some spice, raspberry and black tea notes and a well-defined acid finish. Decant 20 minutes before serving to aerate. Drink it with tuna nicoise, pate, cured meats, roasted chicken, grilled pork chops, beef bourguignon and root vegetables. Buy it at: Whole Foods Market in Metairie. Drink it at: Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 801 Royal and Westin New Orleans Canal Place.

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