Penrose Hill Firstleaf Ralí Review
Pinot Noir is a notoriously finicky grape to make into wine, which is why you don’t often find bargain-priced Pinot Noir under $15. This Ralí Pinot Noir was the perfect partner for our grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes. We’re grown ups so we put broccoli on the plate (and eat it) but nothing pairs great with broccoli.
Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick |
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About this Wine
Wine: 2019 Ralí
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: Valle Central, Chile
Retail price: $21 / Member price: $14.99
I consumed it: September 2021
My source: Firstleaf
From this wine club: Firstleaf
From this winery: Penrose Hill Firstleaf
Wine color/style: Red wine
Grape variety or blend: Pinot noir
Ralí: What I think
Pinot Noir is a notoriously finicky grape to make into wine, between low fruit yields from the vines and requiring a delicate hand during winemaking. This is why you don’t often find bargain-priced Pinot Noir under $15.
Fortunately, Chile produces some lively, light-bodied Pinots at affordable prices, due largely to lower land and labor costs there.
This Ralí Pinot Noir was the perfect partner for our grilled pork chops and mashed potatoes. We’re grown ups so we put broccoli on the plate (and eat it) but nothing pairs great with broccoli.
White pepper and raspberry are common flavors in Pinot Noir, but this one brought pomegranate to the glass, too.
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