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Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Chile, South America
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 103005
#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.
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.