Casas Del Bosque Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2020
Sweetly fruited, with strawberries and raspberries on the nose and hints of chocolate and toasted coconut. Medium bodied, fresh and balanced, with good acidity and moderate tannins. Ideally served at 14-16ºC with food with a touch
of spice, such as crispy duck pancakes, pulled pork or seared salmon. Pâtés and terrines. Cooked beetroot dishes or ones that contain figs. Goat cheese.
90 pts. Joaquín Hidalgo – Vinous
90 pts. Patricio Tapia – Descorchados
Bronze – International Wine & Spirits Competition
88 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Casas del Bosque´s own vineyard is located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley, at about 250 meters of altitude, and just 18 kilometers away from the ocean. These grapes are grown on hillside blocks facing from north-east to north-west, all of them planted between 2000 and 2010 and equipped with drip irrigation. The soils are red, iron-rich and granitic, and crop levels average 5 tons per hectare (2.5 tons per acre). Upon harvest, all fruit is destemmed and cold soaked for 3-4 days. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in open-topped tanks, with the vats being hand-plunged twice every day. The total cuvaison was two weeks at most. After that, the young wine went through an elevage of 8 months: 25% into new American oak barrels, 65% into second use Slavonian oak foudres, and 10% into used barrels. A total of 2.700 cases were made.
Casablanca Valley is a wonderful place for cool climate varieties, and 2019 was an exceptional year for Pinot Noir. The yields were lower than usual (about a full ton less per acre than the previous year!), but the quality of the grapes was outstanding. In order to preserve the freshness and acidity inherent to the fruit, head winemaker Alberto Guolo and consultant Sam Harrop MW set out to interfere as little as possible with the ageing process of the wine, with the idea of achieving a natural balance between freshness, maturity and elegance. To do so, they experimented with large vats such as Slavonian oak foudres of very little toast, ideal for a proper oxygenation without adding too much wooden notes. The result is a perfectly balanced Pinot Noir with a lot of identity.
Frequent foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights characterize the valley. This vintage comes from a particularly cool and dry summer, with the harvest being carried out between March and April. The average temperatures in
summer are 18.9ºC and in winter 10.7ºC. Mean diurnal shifts in March were around 13.1ºC. Yearly rainfall is around 380 mm, falling mostly between May and September.