Anything else notable?Â Wholly notable, because this Pinot Noir â€“ and its Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc andÂ GewĂĽrztraminer siblings â€“ is grown just two miles from the Atlantic Ocean. That’s NOWHERE NEAR THE ANDES, Argentina wine map fans. And while cool coastal climates are a dime a dozen in the rest of the world, it’s a very new thing here. So new, that everyone thought parent bodega Trapiche had been slapped with a loco stick. Thank god theyÂ had the balls to give it a go.
Fun fact: My bottle from this first vintage is numbered 2998.
Another fun fact: I’ve visited Chapadmalal, which is near Mar del Plata, though I haven’t been toÂ the winery. (Yes, I’d love an invite…)
Taste me because: I’m Argentina’s first Pinot Noir grown in a coastal climate! And because I’m a fairly decent Pinot! Pale ruby as expected, with a fruity, lightly spiced nose, with hints of vanilla and nutmeg.Â Happily, it’s also a little earthy. Cherry and strawberry dominate. Mid high acidity, refreshing, fruity with plenty of wild strawberry, just ripe cherry and a little boiled sweet in the mouth. Serve at 14ÂşC.
Pairing:Â I’ve got some Patagonian smoked trout in the fridge…