Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir 2017
Blessed with an attractive base of red fruit, think of strawberry and red cherry, there’s a spicy component in the mix as well as some underbrush that adds intrigue and nuance. Medium bodied and backed with silky, smooth tannins, this has good structure and surprising length, especially in light of its price. This should drink impressively over the next couple of years.
On arrival at the winery, all grapes were de-stemmed and crushed to open-top tanks. It was warm and inoculated with selected yeasts (Assmanhaussen and RC212) and fermented during 10 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation, the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and color. Following the completion of fermentation, the wine was drained off (after a total maceration time of 9 days) and put into the barrel. The wine was aged for a total of 6 months in second use French oak barrels before being bottled with minimal filtration.