Errazuriz Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2019


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“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. 95 points

Errázuriz celebrated its 150th anniversary, as the winery was created in 1870. They are one of the quality leaders of Chile despite producing 4.8 million bottles per year. 2020 and 2017 were super warm, and 2019 was moderately warm and somewhat flying under the radar after the stellar 2018. I was very pleasantly surprised by the 2019s, in some cases better than the 2018s and also the Max line that showed superbly.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (08/21)