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MARIFLOR PINOT NOIR -  Mendoza


« Pinot noir is the blue blood member of Bacchus’s family tree » (Gérard Oberlé)

Despite its compact dark purple grapes, Pinot juice is colourless; this explains that, once vinified with a specific method, this same juice is used to make Champagne. As A. Tchelistcheff said: “Chardonnay is a red wine disguised as a white, Pinot Noir is a white wine disguised as a red”.

What better claim to fame for this most aristocratic variety than to sire the greatest wines of Burgundy and Champagne!

And what a challenge for us, natives of Bordeaux, to attempt to tame this noble and sensitive Burgundy prince !

Four hectares of Pinot Noir were planted in 2002, the unique plot of land with this grape-variety on the Campo of Clos de los Siete.

The first Mariflor Pinot Noir was made in 2005.

The grapes are vinified, with no pumping, using gravity, in small thermoregulated vats, manual punching, then in new barrels in which the wine is left to age on the lees for 12 to 14 months.

The production is only 12,000 to 15,000 bottles depending on the vintages.

MARIFLOR PINOT, it’s silky elegance with a nose of ripe raspberries and wild berries… well-balanced between sweetness and structure that can be appreciated young and age with harmony.

 

TECHNICAL SHEET


APPELLATION / Valle de Uco - Mendoza

GRAPE-VARIETY / 100% Pinot Noir

VINEYARD AREA / 4 hectares, located at 1100 meters (3600 feet).

AGE OF THE VINES / Planted in 2002.

SOILS / Sandy-clayey, alluvions, with pebbles in depth.

VINIFICATION /

- Manual grapes picking and double sorting.

- Gravity feed, pigeage in small concrete tanks.

- No pumps.

- The malolactic fermentation is carried out in french oak barrels.

AGEING / 14 months in the same barrels.

PRODUCTION / 15.000 bottles.

FIRST VINTAGE / 2005

 

TASTING


Realized in January 2011

  • VINTAGE 2008

Color : shimmering garnet-red

Nose : fine, delicate, nice subtle fruit with notes of vanilla (provided by a well-mastered oak aging). With aeration, hints of fruits (red plum and black cherry) arise, preceding a sweet liquorice aroma.

Palate : the first impression is of ripe fruits, with a good balance of acidity/alcohol that gives the wine a refreshing long finish. A very elegant wine.

 

MATCHING


- Sausage

- Game : quail / pheasant

- Duck

- Meat in sauce

- Pork

- Poultry : goose / turkey

 

THEY SPOKE ABOUT IT…


  • VINTAGE 2005

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 90 PTS

Wine Advocate #174 – Dec 2007

The Mariflor winemakers are Marcelo Pelleriti and Michel Rolland. The Pinot Noir grapes were sourced from a 10 acre parcel in Vista Flores in Mendoza. The wine was aged for 14 months in new French oak. The 2005 Pinot Noir is medium ruby-colored with a toasty, Burgundian-styled aromatic profile with some earthiness as well as raspberry, strawberry, and rhubarb fruit scents. Smooth textured and silky, the wine has a firm mid-palate and an elegant personality. It should drink well for 6-8 years.

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  • VINTAGE 2006

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 90 PTS

Wine Advocate #180 – Dec 2008

The 2006 Pinot Noir was aged in seasoned oak for 16 months. Medium ruby-colored, it offers a smoky, cherry, cranberry, and raspberry bouquet. Velvety-textured, nicely concentrated and well-balanced despite 15% alcohol, it has a trace of tannin in the finish. This lengthy effort should round out with another two years of bottle age and drink well through 2016.

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  • VINTAGE 2007

>> WINE ADVOCATE – 90 PTS

Wine Advocate #184 – Aug 2009

The 2007 Pinot Noir spent 14 months in French oak. Medium ruby-colored with a slightly brick rim, it displays an alluring perfume of toast, earth notes, raspberry, and cherry. Silky on the palate a bit of underlying tannin and plenty of sweet fruit, this concentrated Pinot Noir will evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2015.