2017 Don Rodolfo "Art of the Andes" Pinot Noir Mendoza

SKU #1376324 90 points James Suckling

 An unpretentious, but really attractive Pinot with bright cherry and orange peel notes. Maybe it doesn't have the depth of a Romanée Conti on the palate, but there's a good balance of fruit, lively acidity and discreet tannins.  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Don Rodolfo is an intriguing venture coming out of the Andes Mountains. A focus on sustainable practices in the vineyard and proceeds from sales that benefit artists make this an easy label to support—not to mention the purity of fruit that comes with each wine. From the producer: "The soils of Lujan de Cuyo are composed predominantly of loose sand over clay and rock which provide excellent free-draining qualities allowing our vines to be stressed. With natural irrigation from the pure water source of the snow melt of the Andes Mountains, our vines produce premium red wines with rich color, full body and true varietal character."


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
This is tasty Pinot Noir! Crisply styled, with red fruit flavors, lower alcohol and no suggestion of spicy/sweet barrel notes, this is that rare sub $15 Pinot Noir that is true to the variety, nicely dry and well made. As long as you are not expecting pitch perfect Pinot Noir character in this everyday drinker, I think you'll find plenty to like here!

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
Finding quality Pinot Noir around $10 a bottle is one of the great challenges of a wine buyer. Challenge met! This little overachiever from Mendoza has all the telltale signs of varietally correct Pinot Noir. Red cherries and wood spice frame this medium-weight wine. It's silky on the palate, offering up just a touch of herbal aromatics adding in a touch of complexity. Do not accept cheap imitations. This is real wine made by real people. Enjoy!

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7