Humberto Canale Seleccion De Familia Pinot Noir 2011 (Patagonia, Argentina)
14%, Cork, £18
What’s intriguing is how unripe and awkward this is. For a vineyard where Malbec is also planted (and ripens), it seems incredibly odd that this is so ashen and marginal, cut with black pepper and rhubarb with the only sweetness coming from oak and alcohol, finishing thin and gangly.
The thought then is about what went wrong? It could be just a bad bottle, but it didn’t look faulty. I’m guessing then it’s a viti issue, with yields and canopy management all deserving scrutiny. But whenever a wine from a known producer lobs up looking so off key, I find myself asking that same question – who knowingly puts out a wine that is ordinary? Surely you benchmark you’re wines, or at least keep an eye at what competitors are doing? Even based on my limited Argentinian Pinot experience I know that there are decent wines to be found, and 18 squid is hardly cheap either.
So what’s the deal?
Tasted: September 2014
Score: 15.5/20, 83/100
Would I buy it? No.
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