Casas del Bosque Reserva Pinot Noir 2021
Freshly fruited, with cherries and strawberries on the nose, and a hint of an earthy note. On the background, an elegant licorice note shows up imparting complexity. Light, fresh and balanced, with gentle acidity and a clean, fruity finish. An aftertaste of dried herbs is the distinctive feature of this cool climate Pinot Noir.
This wine comes from a selection of fruit from ungrafted vines planted between 1999 and 2008 in Casas del Bosque´s own vineyard in the westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. Mainly sourced from flat, loam soil blocks equipped with drip irrigation, these vines were cropped at an average of 6 tons per hectare (2.4 t/acre).
On arrival to the winery, the fruit was partially destemmed and cold soaked for 3-4 days. Fermentation occurred spontaneously, with daily punch-downs and pump-overs. Total cuvaison is two weeks at most. 12% of the wine was racked into Slavonian oak cask for 10 months. The rest was kept in tanks, in direct contact with its fine lees, and racked only once before the final blend was made. The first bottling occurred on 14th of September 2022 and a total of 5,800 cases were made.
After initial experimentation with Merlot in the early 90´s, Casas del Bosque soon realized that the ideal cool climate red to plant in its own vineyard in Casablanca was Pinot Noir. Even though spring frosts are a common thing in the valley, the rootstock planted since the early 2000´s has flourished in a way that continues to amaze year after year.
This Reserva Pinot Noir intends to be light and as fruit forward as possible, while remaining truthful to the refreshing acidity that the sandy soils and ocean breezes help develop in Casablanca. The 2021 vintage was a particularly cold one, affected by spring frosts and a cold summer that resulted in some of the grapes being picked as late as May. This slow maturation process enhanced the development of aromatic precursors, resulting in a fascinating nose.
Frequent foggy mornings, warm days and cool nights characterize the valley. 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.