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Matetic EQ Pinot Noir 2016


The 2016 EQ Pinot Noir has a bright and lively red color, with very complex and elegant aromas that melt into notes of spice and ripe red fruit, with a delicate, mineral finish. The palate is intense, with big body and good balance, juicy acidity, and sweetness from the ripe tannins, that continue through the long, lingering finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
This 2016 vintage comes from Matetic’s vineyards in Casablancas Valley, six miles from the Pacific Ocean. The constant sea breeze and the granite composition of the soil, results in a “terroir” that is excellent for the maturity of these grapes. The vineyard is managed according to organic and Biodynamic agricultural principals. The grapes were hand harvested, carefully transported to the winery and strictly selected. They were fed by gravity into stainless steel tanks with a 2-ton capacity, in whole clusters with solid carbon dioxide in order to ensure ideal conditions for a cold maceration. It took place at 6oC and with a complete absence of oxygen. The wine was fermented using only native yeasts and organic yeast nutrients. Different pumping over and punching down techniques were performed during fermentation to extract elegant color, aroma and flavors. The wine was then racked in French oak barrels from various Burgundian coopers, with a 228-liter capacity. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 14 months until the final blending and bottling.

Serving Hints
This Pinot Noir is ideal when served slightly chilled, and is an excellent companion for pastas and spicy foods, oily fish, risottos, light red meats, and poultry.

Producer: Matetic Vineyards
Region: Casablancas Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total Acidity: 3.56 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.55 g/l
pH: 3.46

Press Highlights

2018: 93 Pts - James Suckling, May 2022
2017: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Aug 2021
2017: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Aug 2021
2017: 92 Pts - Vinous, May 2021
2015: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Apr 2017
2015: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Mar 2018
2014: 93 Pts - James Suckling, May 2016
2014: 92 Pts - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2015
2013: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate, Dec. 2015
2013: 91 Pts - James Suckling, July 2015
2013: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Aug 2015
2012: 93 Pts - Wine Advocate #213, Jun 2014
2012: 93 Pts - James Suckling, Aug. 2014
2012: 91 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2012
2011: 90 Pts - Vinous, Feb. 2014
2009: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec. 2011
2009: 90 Pts - Int'l Wine Cellar, July 2012
2007: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, Apr. 2009
2007: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Dec 15, 2009
2005: 89 Pts - Wine Spectator, Oct 31, 2007
2004: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, Sept 30, 2006

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