I love being surprised by a wine. This Veramonte was on a bottom shelf of my samples cabinet, tucked in between pricey Napa wines. This is what truly excites me – finding a wine that delivers on quality and taste and is under 11 bucks. The 2017 is all lively raspberry, black cherry, blueberry, pepper spice, vanilla, sweet charred wood, and vibrant acidity. It spent just eight months of aging in neutral oak barrels so the oak influence is quite minimal. To be sure it is less nuanced than more expensive Pinot Noirs however this allows any wine lover to get their hands on an excellent quality wine, and for those from whom I hear all the time, “I can’t find a Pinot I like that I can afford,” their query has been answered.
ORIGIN: Casablanca Valley, Chile
PRICE: $10.99/ 750ML
SCORE: 92 POINTS