Pinot Noir

Casablanca Valley

100% Pinot Noir, farmed biodynamically, from a single vineyard. The vines are 15 years old, and grow in granitic soils at just over 1,000 feet elevation. Aged and fermented completely in concrete egg.

Dark ripe cherry and black fruits jump out of the glass with underlying raspberry fruit notes. A condensed and dark spiraling mid-palate shows layers of minerality and complexity, with hints of wet crushed rock(granite), sage, clove and blueberry . Rich full fruit, mineral driven, with a long, generous, smooth finish.

95 points
"According to Julio Donoso, the 2018 Montsecano, the first vintage vinified by Derain, "continues the Montsecano style, following the path marked by Ostertag, but we vinified a little earlier and macerations were shorter." 2018 was a very good and cool vintage, and that certainly helped to have a fresher wine, produced from their five hectares of dry-farmed vines that were planted between 2006 and 2010 in the village of Las Dichas in Casablanca. The wine ferments and matures in concrete eggs until bottling. It has a moderate 12% alcohol, reflecting the character of the year and the earlier picking, with red acid berry aromas, a floral touch and more depth and complexity than the Refugio from this same year. It's subtle, has detail and elegance and is clean and focused, with very fine tannins and a very balanced palate with integrated acidity. It's harmonious and elegant. This is slightly different from the 2017 but equally excellent. 8,000 bottles were filled in February 2019."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate:
February 28, 2020 | Issue 247

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Pinot Noir
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