Have a Drink: Cono Sur Pinot Noir

Wine

Cono Sur Pinot Noir is a quality Chilean wine

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir | Relampago’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16

This week’s entry isn’t coming from a wine snob, but for those who enjoy red wine (and a cigar… mmmm) there’s a quality entry from Chile available in almost every grocery store that stocks wine. Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir is a satisfying casual wine, especially if aerated a little as you pour it into the glass. (An aerator can be bought for under $5.)

Cono Sur was the first Chilean winery to produce Pinot Noir. Indeed, because of the volcanic soil and altitudes the grapes grow in, many connoisseurs consider Chilean Pinots to be some of the best you can buy.It’s worth noting Bicicleta is only the entry-level Pinot from Cono Sur, there are a number of higher grades available. But, to me, what’s the point of spending a lot of money unless it’s a special occasion. Especially when a highly drinkable wine can be picked up for under $10 at most stores. Bicicleta is better than almost all the other under $20 bottles I have purchased.

The winery’s description of the wine does include some PR spin, but the winery’s claim Bicicleta lacks tannins (bitter tasting organic compounds) is true. This is a smooth bottle.

This variety is said to combine the best of a red and a white wine. Its colour is lighter than other reds, but nevertheless, it’s a full-bodied wine, aromatically intense and flavourful, yet not tannic, more on the silky, seductive side.

Known as a sexy wine, it will enhance the flavour of whole grains, all kinds of mushrooms and herbs, and sushi. In broader terms, this is a wine that will make any white meat look good, as well as soups, stews and flavourful fish dishes. With cheeses, it’s good next to dry and tough ones like Edam.

Red wine is enjoyable to me because 1) it gets a buzz going quickly, 2) pairs well with cigars and 3) is awesome with some cheese. Cono Sur Bicicleta a great choice to kick off a wild Saturday night.

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