If I Could Buy Only One – February 3 VINTAGES Release

We asked our writers, “If you could buy only one wine from this release, which one would it be and why?”

Viña Leyda Coastal Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2022, Leyda Valley, Chile
$17.95, Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.
John Szabo – An $18 pinot noir that tastes like proper pinot noir? That’s my only one this week, or any week for that matter. If you’re of the same mind, head straight to the Viña Leyda Coastal Vineyard Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2022. Winemaker Viviana Navarrete has experience with the variety from top to bottom in Chile, and points to the Leyda Valley as arguably the best place in the country to produce pinot. The Las Brisas vineyard snuggles right up against the Pacific and its icy waters, and the climate can be considered genuinely cool and well suited to pinot (and chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and maybe slightly less syrah). This wine is brimming with fresh-tart red berry fruit, raspberries and red cherries, pure and fresh, absent obtrusive oak, crunchy, not overly complicated but delicious. It’s rare to find pinot of this quality and drinkability at $18; New Zealand comes to mind as capable of producing a similarly pure style, though prices there are much higher for equivalent quality these days. Chill and go!.

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