With 14%v alcohol, the 2014 Koylle Costa Pinot Noir from Colchugua Costa at Paredones, Chile, it cost under $20, and scored 16+ points on the classic Dionysian scale of 20.

The wine shows massive fruit. It’s made with carbonic maceration to enhance the fruitiness, but is balanced and smooth with a long clean finish. I had it with salmon.


The family’s been making wine there since 1895. It’s designed as a food wine, but it’s ideal for easy sipping with cheese and bread chunks dipped in olive oil. It has a great mouth feel with rich black cherry flavors.

Grown only 9 kilometers from the ocean on a north facing vineyard all provides enough natural acids to  make this an ageable wine. At just five years old, it needs another five years to develop additional complexity.

It has an elegance and even subtle minerality. After old oak fermentation, it was aged in concrete egg vats. Try one. In Vino Veritas.