This wine spells trouble right here in Monrovia, and it's spreading around the globe. You see, Argentina is known for Malbec, and that sits really well with the few areas in the world where people make Pinot Noir. In other words, there's a new kid in town, and he's taking prisoners.
We've tried a few, very few, Pinots from Argentina and Chile, and quite frankly, we can't remember them. But this one will set all the rest apart. It is the first really serious wine from this grape we've tasted from anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's no surprise that it comes from Don Carlos.
Winemaker Gustavo Silvestri and Winegrower Patricia Conte knew they had done something historic after years of experimenting when this wine was made. Pinot Noir has gained popularity by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years, and they wanted to be part of it. This wine shows that, and now they are.
A Calathus was a vase used to serve wine in ancient Rome. It's a statement as to the simplicity of making great wine. Yet, nobody said it was easy. It starts with low yields in a vineyard totally maintained by hand. The location is 3,300 feet in elevation, where the sun is bright and the temperature cool.
The grapes are cool fermented and then placed in French oak barrels to gain complexity. The result is an understatement of greatness. The flavors envelop the senses and cry out for grilled salmon, pasta with porcini, or roast squab.