Veramonte Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2016

$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! 93 Points James Suckling: "This is a high-toned and focused red with strawberry, lemon and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, vivid fruit and a long and flavorful finish." 90 Points Robert Parker: "The first of two Pinot Noirs I tasted was the 2016 Ritual Pinot Noir, a red full of character. It had a mineral palate with very tasty flavors, sour cherries and spices, and varietal character. The oak was nicely integrated oak, and the wine was fresh, with fine tannins."

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Ratings on Delectable

JJ Lumia

Meh. Grabbed it at Costco but not wild about it. Fruit forward, lacking depth and interest. For a sub-$20 Pinot I cant complain too much but experienced Pinot-philes should look elsewhere. Better served for a novice crowd. It will go over well.

Meh. Grabbed it at Costco but not wild about it. Fruit forward, lacking depth and interest. For a sub-$20 Pinot I cant complain too much but experienced Pinot-philes should look elsewhere. Better served for a novice crowd. It will go over well.

8.5

Matt Waring

Medium bodied Pinot with blackberries and vanilla on the palate and a juicy finish. From Chile, and should be served chilly.

Medium bodied Pinot with blackberries and vanilla on the palate and a juicy finish. From Chile, and should be served chilly.

8.6

Kurt Schuster

This one has a delightful combination of a earth heavy nose but a fruit heavy palette . I love the distinctions where you can get such a polar opposite between smell and taste. Interesting berry expressions as well, doesn’t have too much depth beyond herbaceous fruit but a great bottle.

This one has a delightful combination of a earth heavy nose but a fruit heavy palette . I love the distinctions where you can get such a polar opposite between smell and taste. Interesting berry expressions as well, doesn’t have too much depth beyond herbaceous fruit but a great bottle.

8.8

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