A Pinot of poise and elegance, grown close to the Pacific ocean and carefully aged in old ex-Burgundy barrels. Refined tannins compliment fresh, juicy red berry notes, with a touch of bitter blood orange and violet. It's light and fragrant, but has subtle structure that will help it age for a few more years yet.
'...This feels lighter, more like a white, while the white Chardonnay has a texture that makes you think of a red... Go figure!'
Luis Gutiérrez, robertparker.com
The pure Pinot Noir 2020 Quebrada Chalinga comes from vines planted 12 kilometers away from the ocean in Limarí (Talinay), from a plot on granite and limestone soils that was rented long term. The vines were planted ungrafted in 2006. It fermented with 50% full clusters and was left in an infusion in an open vat. It matured in neutral, well-seasoned oak barrels for 16months. It's 13.4% alcohol with a pH of 3.43 and six grams of acidity (tartaric). It has a light translucent ruby color, moderate ripeness and good freshness with aromas of blood orange, violets and wet chalk, a spicy touch and imperceptible oak. It's very dry, with some grainy tannins and a long, tasty and almost salty finish, very dry. This feels lighter, more like a white, while the white Chardonnay has a texture that makes you think of a red... Go figure!
..Cherry red in the glass. The attractive nose presents notes of sweet spice, stalk and cherry, along with messier flavours such as mushrooms and wet earth. Smooth and silky with good tension, it has a chalky, saline feel before the lengthy finish, where the oak returns. An accomplished wine.
Marcelo Retamal is one of Chile's most influential winemakers, he worked at De Martino for over 20 years, driving quality and a move towards terroir-focused wines. He is a partner and head winemaker at Viñedos de Alcohuaz, a high-altitude project in the Elqui Valley that we adore.
In 2019, he had the idea for a personal project - RETA - working with his wife and three daughters, and a selection of the best plots he has discovered during his career as a winemaker. The grapes from all the sites - Quebrada Chalinga and Quebrada Seca in the Limarí Valley; and Romelio at the north of the Maule Valley - are picked early to keep moderate alcohol and ripeness, maintaining freshness, and have a gentle élevage in neutral oak. The aim is to produce wines that represent the place they come from.
This project represents a culmination of years of making wine from hundreds of different parcels and places across Chile, plus the experience of travelling and tasting wine around the world. As Marcelo summarises wonderfully: "All the work I’ve done over the past 24 years concludes with these 3 wines”
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