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William Cole Columbine Special Reserve Pinot Noir

William Cole Columbine Special Reserve Pinot Noir

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William Cole Columbine Special Reserve Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir
Appellation & Country
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Only $16.00 per bottle
Member Price: $14.40
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Pinot Noir is a beguiling but fickle varietal. The vines are prone to under- and over-cropping, and susceptible to mildew, rot, leaf roll and virtually every other malady known to mankind. The berries and clusters are small and sensitive to sunburn. And the wine itself requires constant nurturing and vigilance in the winery. But in the end, the agonies associated with the grape seem worth it, because Pinot Noir is arguably the most graceful and sensual of all wines.
William Cole has always been ahead of his time. Back in 1964, he left a steady paycheck at IBM and founded what was to become a wildly successful Colorado-based software company called Columbine Systems. By the time he retired 35 years later, he was a pioneer in an entirely different field—and hemisphere. While others fretted that Chile’s Casablanca Valley was too cold to support meaningful viticulture, Bill went all-in and planted 310 contiguous acres of wine grapes. He released his first wine in 1999. Today, he offers three levels of quality and price points: Albamar, Columbine Reserve and the new higher end label “Bill”.
Chile’s Casablanca Valley is located midways between Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso. Known as “Chile’s Burgundy,” it owes its viticultural fortunes to the chilling effects of the nearby Pacific Ocean, which are intensified by the icy Humboldt Current flowing up from Antarctica. After being planted in the 1980s, the Valley quickly gained a reputation for its vibrant, mouthwatering white wines, and it is now emerging as a serious producer of cool-climate reds, most notably Pinot Noir.
Delivering understated complexity and genuine varietal character, this 2011 offering isn’t just good Chilean Pinot Noir—it’s an impressive effort by any standard, especially considering its modest price. Its medium body and savory red fruit flavors also ensure that it will have broad applications at the table. Devoid of big red tannins, it is light enough for salmon and ahi, but has enough complexity and heft to hold its own with lighter meats like chicken, duck and simply prepared pork. It will also pair well with earthier vegetables, particularly those cooked on a grill.

Serve at cool room temperature (62°F).

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