Good Pinot at under $20 is a rare find. Too often they are rather insipid and lack the touch of terroir, the earthiness that the original Pinot Noirs from France's Burgundy exhibit. Not this little darling. Cono Sur (pardon the pun connoisseur) literally means southern coast which is where Chile is located in South America. Most of the wines from Cono Sur are bargain priced hovering just over $10, are very good value, and receive critical acclaim. For another five bucks or more, they have introduced the Single Vineyard Vision onto the B.C. market, and am I impressed! It has the complex combination of strawberry and cherry fruit character along with the earthy beetroot and a whiff of the garden in fall. Silky, soft tannins, and elegant, in a Europeaan way. Drinking well now. Like the Escudo Rojo, this one deserves some lamb, although grilled sockeye salmon, ham, pork, or chicken would go oh so well too.
Cono Sur The Vision 2010 Pinot Noir: Chile $17.99 13.8%. Pinot Envy!