Today's LCBO find takes us to Patagonia, Argentina, which is very exciting as Patagonian wines are not commonly seen on the shelf, unlike you would Mendoza. The Koskil Pinot Noir 2021 is a welcomed treat showing what the southern hemisphere's cool climate wines can provide.
Patagonia, Argentina, is an emerging wine region known for its high-quality wines due to its unique climate. Located in the far south of Argentina, the Patagonia region benefits from ample cooling effects from the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding Mountains. Moreover, the diurnal shifts of long hours of sunlight and cool nights promote and result in wines with concentrated fruit and brisk acidity. The area spans the provinces of Rio Negro, La Pampa, and Neuquen.
Patagonia is home to various red and white cool climate grapes and more. The area is known for Malbec (it is Argentina!) and, more fittingly, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay given its climate.
About Koskil Pinot Noir 2021
The Koskil Pinot Noir 2021 is produced by Grupo Peñaflor, one of Argentina's largest wine-producing companies. The group manages wine brands across six regions within Argentina, with Patagonia amongst them.
The Koskil Pinot Noir is deep ruby in colour. On the nose, red, black, and blue fruits are present, such as cherry, cranberry, and black elderberry. The nose also provides ethereal, earthy, and mineral notes.
Red and black berries persist on the palate, with the sweet and tart flavour of blood plum, blackberry, bay leaf, stout minerality, ginger and white pepper. The soft and supple tannins turn this into a delightful cool climate Pinot Noir. With food, this wine morphs into surprising nuances of flavours. A tremendously complex wine at a moderate price. We'll be heading back to the store to grab more!
The Koskil Pinot Noir 2021 can be found at the LCBO vintages for $17.95.