Amazing Pinot: 2014 Calyptra Gran Reserva Cachapoal Valley Pinot Noir

Quality Pinot Noir wines from Chile are rising in popularity. They haven’t quite started having their “moment” yet. But usually by the time something is having its moment, those who have been paying attention saw it coming long before it happened. 

The 2014 Calyptra Gran Reserva Cachapoal Valley Pinot Noir is a Chilean Pinot that harbingers that moment. Located in the northern half of the very well-known Rapel Valley with Maipo Valley to its north and Colchagua Valley to its south, Cachapoal Valley has been a bit overshadowed by its neighbors. It won’t be in the shadows much longer.

Of Chilean wine in general, Decanter magazine says, “At present, the marketplace is seeing Chilean wine undergo an exhilarating transition from good-value everyday wine to something more diverse and quality-orientated.” And, of Cachapoal Valley in particular, the respected publication says, “In the same vein, Cachapoal is finally starting to shed its apathy and aiming to put its name up there with Chile’s best wine regions.”

Calyptra is one of the wineries elevating Cachapoal’s position in the wine world. In 1989, Dr. José Zarhi, a very successful plastic surgeon, purchased the 150-acre estate and set about transforming the estate’s 100-acre vineyard. The vineyard is on terraces between the pre-Andean range and the Cachapoal river, nearly 1000 meters in altitude. The vines thrive in calcareous and colluvial alluvial terracesand under thesustainable and organic practicesCalyptra employs. 

Those earth-friendly practices are right in line with Calyptra’s philosophy: To produce unique, authentic, honest wines that reflect the soil, the origin, and the dedication and passion.Their commitment to authentic wine that reflects where it’s grown shows in all their wines. Several of Calyptra wines have been featured in James Suckling’s Top Chilean Wines lists

The superb 2014 Calyptra Gran Reserva Pinot is a serious, structured, and elegant wine. It’s full of aromas of fresh fruit with a pleasing mineral aftertaste with hints of graphite and aromatic herbs. What’s even more superb is that with 9 years of age on it, it is ready to drink! 

Because Cachapoal Valley is still a bit under the radar, the quality wines from the region offer excellent value.2014 Burgundian Pinot of this quality can easily cost $30 to $50 (or more). But because Pinot Noir from Chile hasn’t quite had its moment yet (and, as we know, moments make prices skyrocket), this wine is an incredible value. 

BHW is excited to offer this wine at over 20% off. It’s under $20and we have the Lowest Price Anywhere on this Chilean Pinot. And, don’t forget, BHW always has free shipping on 6 or more bottles. This wine was made for that shipping deal!

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