Kingston’s top-level Pinot Noir has been a consistent scorer for the past three vintages. The 2008 starts with pure raspberry and cherry aromas as well as tea accents, while the textbook palate has a proper feel and tasty raspberry and cherry flavors. Spice notes and integrated oak help it achieve its status as one of Chile’s truest, most recognizable Pinot Noirs…
The bouquet deals a fine mix of citrus, melon, bell pepper and asparagus, yet it’s not vegetal. Shows weight and sweetness on the palate, thus it will offset Asian foods like magic. Interestingly, it’s fermented in stainless steel barrels, not tanks, and with natural yeasts. Imported by Daniel Johnnes Wines.
For Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with character, style and panache, Kingston Family’s Cariblanco is a perennial pace-setter. There’s mineral, sea air and tropical fruit aromas to get it going. Next in line is a flush palate of passion fruit and green apple. Finishes long and stylish, with elegance.
Clean and very fresh, with an ideal mix of grass, green citrus and nothing too overpowering on the nose. The palate is zesty and tasty, with lemon-lime flavors, chive and elegance. Definitely a top performer and a good value; only 430 cases made.
One of Chile’s most honest producers of varietally correct Pinot is Kingston Family. This lovely, balanced example shows tea, red berry and floral aromas in front of a ripe, clean, racy palate. And finally a light dusting of chocolate and vanilla grace the finish. Ready to drink now.
Dark, dense and very modern in style, with captivating aromas and obvious richness. At 14.5%, this is big, New World Pinot Noir. But its flavors of black cherry, raspberry and cola nut are elevated and brush up against world class. With a cool finish, steady acidity and tannins, and fine purity, Alazan ranks as one of South America’s few top-tier Pinot Noirs.
Big, dark and brash, and very much in the modern California style, meaning it’s rich, creamy, oaky and full-bodied. The nose brings toast, heat and potency, while the flavors are saturated, spicy and revolve around wild berry, tea, spice, caramel and savory warmth. Only gets better as it opens and airs; drink now through 2012.
Always at the top of the Chilean Pinot heap is this true, complex wine from Kingston Family. The nose features light raspberry, citrus, oceanic brine and toasty, creamy oak. The palate is lush and rolls across the tongue with ease; ripe fruit in the cherry zone along with cocoa and spice make for fine flavors. Finishes with purity, smooth tannins and herbal twinges.