Not exactly what Argentina is known for…Malbec, yes. Pinot, not so much. But these guys at Rio Seco have nailed it… twice! They make a leaner, fruitier bottling with very little barrel time, and also a Reserva that sees 14 months in French Oak which will absolutely knock your socks off… especially at this price that I’m offering.
I first had these wines with my good friend in the biz – Mike Gonzalez. I was skeptical. I’ve tasted stellar Malbec, Cabernet and Bonarda from Mendoza with him, but I tend to shy away from Pinot Noir… for no good reason other than ignorance. I can’t say that all the Pinot I’ve had from Argentina has sucked because I haven’t had enough of them to make that statement. I stick to Burgundy (FR), Central Otago (NZ), Willamette (OR) or Carneros (CA) when it comes to that grape.
Well, when Mike showed me a photo of where these grapes were grown – at the foot of the Andes Mountains – I knew that Pinot Noir loves the cold nights and dry environment. I figured they couldn’t be that bad. He popped a bottle. And it was terrible. Seriously it was. But it had nothing to do with the quality… the wine was corked. He opened a second bottle and WOW… “this wine is singin’… pop that Reserva!” were my exact words. If the regular bottling of the Pinot Noir was “singing” that day, then the rich and silky Reserva was “harmonizing!”
Rio Seco 2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Barrel aged in French Oak for only 4 months – just enough to give it the pretty vanilla spice – this bright Pinot Noir displays lovely aromatics of raspberry and cherry. It has plenty of body, sweet, succulent flavors, a silky texture, and outstanding depth. It should drink well for another 4 years, but I’m sure you’ll drink it way before that!
Rio Seco 2008 Reserva Pinot Noir
Good bold deep red color! Expressive aromas of dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Sweet balanced fruit, very ripe and layered with enticing aromatics. This Pinot Noir was barrel aged for 14 months in French Barriques, then 2 additional years in the cellar before release. That’s a lot of holding back for 9 bucks! Finishes with ripe tannins and lingering sweetness. This is the kind of wine I would love to see as a glass pour at all my favorite restaurants.