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2009 Morande Reserva Pinot Noir

Casablanca Valley, Chile


$10-$11 Retail

The Casablanca Valley, located 60 miles northwest of Santiago, Chile, is one of the country's major wine producing regions. Twenty miles from the Pacific Ocean, the area enjoys a coastal climate, warmed by the sun and cooled by evening breezes.

After harvest, the grapes were fermented at low temperatures and aged 10 months in French oak casks. In the glass, it offers aromas of raspberry, cranberry, strawberry and cedar notes. On the palate, taste red cherries, plum, a pleasant earthiness and undertones of herbs and spice. For best results, open it an hour before serving. Drink it with tuna, salmon, pork chops, veal and roasted fowl. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Market and Whole Foods Market in Metairie. Drink it at: Monkey Hill Bar.

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