Cono Sur is a certified organic and sustainable winery founded by a huge distillery whose goal was to bring individuality and innovation to the wine industry. Both are lofty goals, but they have certainly succeeded.
They were the first to plant Pinot Noir in Chile, the first to use artificial corks in 1995 and the first to bottle in screwcaps in 2002. While today these measures are commonplace, they were very innovative and forward for the time.
Cono Sur never stopped pursuing these goals. The winery is a model of efficiency and technological advancement. Anything that can improve their wines and lower their costs is experimented with to see if it's right for them. Some are, some aren't, but it shows their commitment to improvement.
Of course, all this commitment and duty can easily be upended by one thing, Pinot Noir. It is considered one of the most difficult grapes to grow and a challenging wine to make there. Most winemakers who make it will agree, but that hasn't stopped any of them because the rewards are worth the battle, sleepless nights and failures.
Our selection is proof positive of their success. It may be the best Chilean Pinot Noir ever made. While all the components say Pinot Noir, it is still a grape very influenced by the soil in which it is grown. That soil now says Chile. It will take getting used to, but so far, so good.
There is the telltale rose petal and sweet cherry. There is also a different spice component we would love to match with swordfish stuffed with sundried tomato or chicken and basil sausages.