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    Ritual Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir - Chile, South America

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    • WS90
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Chile, South America

    Varietal: Pinot Noir

    Style: Smooth & Supple

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 103005

    Winemaker's Notes:

    #87 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010

    "2008 Ritual opens with striking aromas of black cherries, raspberry and plum. The mid palate is round, soft and elegant with black currant and blueberry notes mingling with hints of cola. Its rich, yet restrained tannins provide depth and lead to a luxurious finish."
    Paul Hobbs, Consulting Winemaker

    Ritual is the result of Veramonte's decade-long quest to make delicious and affordable Pinot Noir from Chile's Casablanca Valley. Agustin Huneeus partnered with American winemaker Paul Hobbs to produce a small bottling of a super premium Pinot Noir from the renowned Casablanca Valley. From planting each vine at our Casablanca Valley estate to hand harvesting in small batches, we apply the same time-honored methods to our Pinot Noir in the vineyard and winery as the great wines of Burgundy. Consulting Winemaker Paul Hobbs harvests at first light in the cool morning fog, introduce native yeast fermentations to bring out the vineyard's expression and use only gentle gravity handling to produce Ritual, a Pinot Noir characterized by elegance and grace.

    Critical Acclaim:

    This is mouthfilling, but stylish and focused, offering lush cherry and raspberry fruit that's layered with additional spice and sweet tobacco notes. Nicely integrated toast frames the finish. Drink now.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    John Houvouras (4/19/2011)
    Wonderful aroma & taste. So easy to drink. This is the best Pinot I've had since Benton Lane.
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    Nawlins refugee (3/1/2011)
    Enjoyed my bottle of Veramonte very much. The other reviewer's shipment must have sat in a hot warehouse or truck long enough to kill it.
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    Bill Zipper (11/10/2011)
    dark, pretty good, but not great or anything.
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    Abcd (8/2/2013)
    Awful
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    daluqfam (10/24/2010)
    Based the wine.com email recommendation, I had 3 bottles shipped to me of the Veramonte Ritual P.Noir 08. I was thoroughly disappointed. It had a nose of alcohol & a hot mid-palate presence of petrol. Sharp green tannins dominated the finish. I'm hoping that future recs are more accurate.
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    Cecilia Glass (2/29/2012)
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    Edward Andersen (4/26/2011)
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    emsact (4/5/2011)
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    Cecilia Glass (2/29/2012)
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    Linda J Brockriede (5/6/2011)

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