Veramonte Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2015

$19.99

A phenomenal buy!                          The caliber of pinot noir coming out of Chile is phenomenal and the new Ritual is one of the best that also happens to sell for a song. A fantastic buy to load up on by the case.  Ritual is the realization of a dream for Agustin Huneeus, proprietor of Quintessa in Napa Valley, to produce world-class Pinot Noir in Casablanca Valley.  Teaming up with legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs, this all-star team is applying the same time-honored viticulture and winemaking methods as those used in Burgundy, to produce Pinot Noir of superior quality, structure and elegance. Whyt his wine isn't 2-3 times more expensive is a mystery but one we're going to take advantage of while it lasts! 94 Points James Suckling: "A dense and wonderfully long and silky pinot with strawberry, light hazelnut, and hints of lemon peel. Full body, yet lively and wired. This gives competition to Sea Smoke pinot but at half to one-third the price. Drink now."

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Ratings on Delectable

Victor Charcan Delectable Pro

Sour cherries, lots of candy and some eucalypt notes. A bit exuberant, not Burgundy, but very pleasant and good value

Sour cherries, lots of candy and some eucalypt notes. A bit exuberant, not Burgundy, but very pleasant and good value

8.9

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

On the nose, ripe, elegant fruits; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, cherries, strawberries on the wide palate and long set. Dark, rich moist soils, light vanilla, hints of black licorice and fresh dark florals and violets. The body is medium full. Tannins are light round and velvety. The fruits are ruby, ripe and rich; blackberries, black cherries, blue fruit hues, strawberries & black raspberries. Light cinnamon & vanilla, dark rich moist earth with bright, fresh red flowers and violets. Acidity is well done and the long, ripe ruby finish is beautifully polished. Photos of; the Estate vines as seen from their front building entrance, part of their barrel room, our tasting setting and Viña Veramonte and visitor center.

On the nose, ripe, elegant fruits; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum, cherries, strawberries on the wide palate and long set. Dark, rich moist soils, light vanilla, hints of black licorice and fresh dark florals and violets. The body is medium full. Tannins are light round and velvety. The fruits are ruby, ripe and rich; blackberries, black cherries, blue fruit hues, strawberries & black raspberries. Light cinnamon & vanilla, dark rich moist earth with bright, fresh red flowers and violets. Acidity is well done and the long, ripe ruby finish is beautifully polished. Photos of; the Estate vines as seen from their front building entrance, part of their barrel room, our tasting setting and Viña Veramonte and visitor center.

9.2

Boris Mathiszik Delectable Pro

Nice but not quite where the '14 left off. To be revisited with some time under its belt. 8.9/9.0

Nice but not quite where the '14 left off. To be revisited with some time under its belt. 8.9/9.0

8.9

Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

I have opened the 2015 Ritual by Veramonte Pinot Noir from the extreme eastern end of Chile's Casablanca Valley. I have had the Ritual Pinot Noir 3 years ago. I can't believe it has been that long ago and everything I remember is as good today as it was then. Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery is a consulting winemaker here and it shows. On the nose is fruity aromas of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry, cola, vanilla, rose petals, earthy soil and a funk component. As I let the the wine roll over my palate the fruit again is prevalent with notes of sour cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry, clove, cola, vanilla and a mineral laden soil. This is a medium bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium tannins that lead to a silky, velvety smooth finish. For the price this wine rivals any higher priced Pinot Noir. Have a great week and please take things easy and be safe. Nostrovia!

I have opened the 2015 Ritual by Veramonte Pinot Noir from the extreme eastern end of Chile's Casablanca Valley. I have had the Ritual Pinot Noir 3 years ago. I can't believe it has been that long ago and everything I remember is as good today as it was then. Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery is a consulting winemaker here and it shows. On the nose is fruity aromas of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry, cola, vanilla, rose petals, earthy soil and a funk component. As I let the the wine roll over my palate the fruit again is prevalent with notes of sour cherry, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry, clove, cola, vanilla and a mineral laden soil. This is a medium bodied wine with medium + acidity and medium tannins that lead to a silky, velvety smooth finish. For the price this wine rivals any higher priced Pinot Noir. Have a great week and please take things easy and be safe. Nostrovia!

9.3

Randy Fuller Delectable Pro

The nose shows some funk right away, and notes of coffee grounds and tea leaves surface soon after. The palate is a walk on the dark side - none of that pretty little raspberry stuff here. The black raspberry element is carried along by a wave of savory forest floor, going under for a bit but surfacing nicely on the finish. Although there is enough tannic grip for pairing with meat, it has the mouthfeel of a sipping wine. It’s full and wild and raw, but it knows its role and plays it well.

The nose shows some funk right away, and notes of coffee grounds and tea leaves surface soon after. The palate is a walk on the dark side - none of that pretty little raspberry stuff here. The black raspberry element is carried along by a wave of savory forest floor, going under for a bit but surfacing nicely on the finish. Although there is enough tannic grip for pairing with meat, it has the mouthfeel of a sipping wine. It’s full and wild and raw, but it knows its role and plays it well.

9.1

Brett Rogosin

This has the garnet color and nose of an older Pinot that has developed...a beautiful earth, mushroom, real leather, all spice (or similar, and dried cherry fruit leather. The palate has tongue coating acidity and lush tannins. The dried cherry leather with maybe a hint of oak and vanilla come through and a touch of mushroom. Quite tasty over achiever.

This has the garnet color and nose of an older Pinot that has developed...a beautiful earth, mushroom, real leather, all spice (or similar, and dried cherry fruit leather. The palate has tongue coating acidity and lush tannins. The dried cherry leather with maybe a hint of oak and vanilla come through and a touch of mushroom. Quite tasty over achiever.

9.0

Martin Riddett

Pairing with tapas. Very enjoyable. Not too heavy and good to drink with a mixture of foot.

Pairing with tapas. Very enjoyable. Not too heavy and good to drink with a mixture of foot.

9.0

Rebecca Honea Sims

Smooth oaky finish

Smooth oaky finish

8.7

Lou Sab

Nice Pinot Sweet grape with some pepper and smooth finish

Nice Pinot Sweet grape with some pepper and smooth finish

8.8

P A

A beautiful Chilean Pinot Noir, fragrant, smooth, well balanced, great mouth feel with long legs. A perfect finish to a day of riding the dog sleds. Enjoyed at the Crazy Weed restaurant in Canmore Alberta thank you Shawn for your recommendation so long ago @Shawn Thompson . James Suckling rated this a 93 I’m not that high but still very good Cheers

A beautiful Chilean Pinot Noir, fragrant, smooth, well balanced, great mouth feel with long legs. A perfect finish to a day of riding the dog sleds. Enjoyed at the Crazy Weed restaurant in Canmore Alberta thank you Shawn for your recommendation so long ago @Shawn Thompson . James Suckling rated this a 93 I’m not that high but still very good Cheers

8.9

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