Casa Valduga 'Identidade' Pinot Noir, Brazil 2015

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Casa Valduga 'Identidade' Pinot Noir, Brazil 2015


We were lucky enough to be invited to a fantastic trade event recently, called ‘Power to the Pinot’, which showcased some of the finest Pinot Noirs from around the world. It’s no exaggeration to say that it was the best Pinot Noir tasting either of us had ever been to. There was an embarrassment of riches, which were set out on tables for us to self-pour freely, and we have highlighted a few of our standout wines below, not in a bid to send you into a spinning vortex of envy, but to see if you hear the screeching sound of a record-player’s needle being scraped across vinyl at a certain point:

Burgundy Highlights
Corton-Renardes Grand Cru, Lucien Le Moine 2011
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Vincent Girardin 2008
Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru ‘Clos de l’Orme’, Sylvain Cathiard 2011
Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Jean-Michel Guillon 2014

California Highlights
Williams Selyem ‘Sonoma Coast’ Pinot Noir 2013
Joseph Phelps ‘Quarter Moon’ Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012
Radio-Coteau ‘Alberigi’ Pinot Noir 2013
Cobb ‘Coastlands 1906 Block’ Pinot Noir 2012

Southern Hemisphere Highlights
Lethbridge Estate Pinot Noir, Victoria, Australia 2012
Lethbridge ‘Mietta’ Pinot Noir, Victoria, Australia 2012
Julicher Estate Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand 2013
Casa Valduga ‘Identidade’ Pinot Noir, Brazil 2015


Now, we're not saying that the Brazilian Pinot Noir was even close to being as good as Sylvain Cathiard’s magnificent Chambolle-Musigny (the wine of the tasting) or the Williams Selyem (a Sonoma Coast Pinot with ‘Grand Cru’ credentials) or even the astonishing Lethbridge Estate (a new superstar from Australia), but it was the least expensive of all the 60 wines on show and it didn’t embarrass itself one little bit in such august company, so at £14.50 a bottle, we really think it is worth a try. It shows off Pinot Noir’s delicate side to great effect, being pale in colour and light in body, but there’s no shortage of fruit, suggesting sweet red berries and cherries, balanced by an enlivening dash of orange juice. I like the fact that the fruit is only just sweet enough to match the acidity (hardly a South American norm!), because that’s where a wine’s energy comes from. Nothing feels overdone, which can dog wines from emerging regions, as they seek to get noticed. It’s remarkably subtle and true to the character of the grape, barely showing the winemaker’s fingerprint at all. If this were a Bourgogne Rouge or a New Zealand Pinot Noir, it would fly out of the door, so the only thing holding it back is preconceived ideas. Give it a try, it's brazilliant!

Customer comments:

"Amazing for the price!" - Mrs C.F. - November 2016

"Initial impression was that it was a little quiet but seemed to open up with a little time in the glass.  Suspect the other half of the bottle will be better again having had a little time." - Mr B.A. - November 2016

Press review:

Jancis Robinson MW: "Pale ruby. Quite evolved with a hint of coffee on the nose but surprisingly recognisable as Pinot. Light and fresh – very clean. Just a hint of veginess. Good Value." 16 points

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