EP 30 Episode #30 – Pinot Noir goes Sideways…in Chile????

2003 Agustinos Pinot Noir Reserve

Watch this amazing episode as Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library finds that Chile can make world class Pinot Noir for under $20 a bottle. This is a great episode to prove if you look hard enough there are some great deals out there.

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Samantha 'Twyst' Vraa

I haven’t tried wine from Chile yet. COME TO VT!!!

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  • wpacker

    Gary,
    Thanks for the “insider” information. This is the type of approach needed for those of us on limited wine budgets and limited exposure, yet a growing knowledge of wine quality. I got six bottles before it sold out and have really enjoyed two of them.
    Keep doing it!

  • wpacker

    Gary,
    Thanks for the “insider” information. This is the type of approach needed for those of us on limited wine budgets and limited exposure, yet a growing knowledge of wine quality. I got six bottles before it sold out and have really enjoyed two of them.
    Keep doing it!

  • Paul Steinberg

    Gary, I think you were right on with your tasting notes on this wine. Received a case and tried it last night and was NOT disappointed. Thanks

  • Paul Steinberg

    Gary, I think you were right on with your tasting notes on this wine. Received a case and tried it last night and was NOT disappointed. Thanks

  • Jim

    This is one time when I find myself in total disagreement with GV. I bought three bottles of this wine and opened one the other night. Cork was fine. As I poured it into the decanter, I immediately noticed the very thin, pale color as opposed to the rich dark color GV describes in the video. The nose was ok, but in no way did I get the “exceptional fruit” aromas and flavors. The mid palate was unremakable and the finish was weak. Perhaps another bottle could be better, but I doubt that it could possibly rise to the level described by GV. Is it worth $9.99? Maybe, but there are other wines at this price point that offer more value. I would recommend trying a single bottle before rushing out to grab a case.

  • Jim

    This is one time when I find myself in total disagreement with GV. I bought three bottles of this wine and opened one the other night. Cork was fine. As I poured it into the decanter, I immediately noticed the very thin, pale color as opposed to the rich dark color GV describes in the video. The nose was ok, but in no way did I get the “exceptional fruit” aromas and flavors. The mid palate was unremakable and the finish was weak. Perhaps another bottle could be better, but I doubt that it could possibly rise to the level described by GV. Is it worth $9.99? Maybe, but there are other wines at this price point that offer more value. I would recommend trying a single bottle before rushing out to grab a case.

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    How did I not buy a case of this?
    How did I not comment on this?

    I really missed the boat on this.

    B

  • http://www.myspace.com/chateaumiller Brandon M

    How did I not buy a case of this?
    How did I not comment on this?

    I really missed the boat on this.

    B

  • Mike F.

    WL is out of the Agustinos ’03 offering but it looks like they got in some ’05. Here is the link..

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=8728

    I wonder what happened to the ‘o4?

    I couldn’t find any reviews of this vintage online, (hey it’s really young) but for 10 bucks it’s worth trying a bottle or two. A tasting report on the ’04 showed some 88-90 rated pinots for around 20 bucks. The article talked about non-traditional grape varieties for the region being used like Pinot Noir and Syrah. In stock as of 10-02-06. ..Time to catch the boat.

  • Mike F.

    WL is out of the Agustinos ’03 offering but it looks like they got in some ’05. Here is the link..

    http://winelibrary.com/reviewwine.asp?item=8728

    I wonder what happened to the ‘o4?

    I couldn’t find any reviews of this vintage online, (hey it’s really young) but for 10 bucks it’s worth trying a bottle or two. A tasting report on the ’04 showed some 88-90 rated pinots for around 20 bucks. The article talked about non-traditional grape varieties for the region being used like Pinot Noir and Syrah. In stock as of 10-02-06. ..Time to catch the boat.

  • yowens44

    wow- wish i would have watched this episode when it came out. too bad augustino’s is sold out. I will definitely search out chilean pinot!

  • yowens44

    wow- wish i would have watched this episode when it came out. too bad augustino’s is sold out. I will definitely search out chilean pinot!

  • David Canada

    I have never seen a chilean pinot up here…..Damn

  • David Canada

    I have never seen a chilean pinot up here…..Damn

  • David Canada

    I have never seen a chilean pinot up here…..Damn

  • David Canada

    I have never seen a chilean pinot up here…..Damn

  • WA Ambassador

    I’ve had Chilean merlot before and loved it. It’s good to know that they have good pino too. I’ll have to try some out.

  • WA Ambassador

    I’ve had Chilean merlot before and loved it. It’s good to know that they have good pino too. I’ll have to try some out.

  • GrapeStuff

    Looks like I need to seek out more Chilean PN. I have had some syrah and cab. sauv. that I have thought were pretty good (and some that I have thought were not). It would be interesting if you did an update to this show with some Chilean PN that is available today that you think shows how good this juice can be.

  • GrapeStuff

    Looks like I need to seek out more Chilean PN. I have had some syrah and cab. sauv. that I have thought were pretty good (and some that I have thought were not). It would be interesting if you did an update to this show with some Chilean PN that is available today that you think shows how good this juice can be.

  • The Fanjestic

    Hey GV – do you still back the statement that Chilean pinot is going to be huge? Good quick episode, and this wine is probably gone, but I will seek it out.

  • The Fanjestic

    Hey GV – do you still back the statement that Chilean pinot is going to be huge? Good quick episode, and this wine is probably gone, but I will seek it out.

  • Dan Leavy

    some really good wine deals to be had from chile

    word 30 “Russian”

  • Dan Leavy

    some really good wine deals to be had from chile

    word 30 “Russian”

  • Tom A.

    I’m watching this in ’09 right now, that’s kinda funny.

  • Tom A.

    I’m watching this in ’09 right now, that’s kinda funny.

  • John__J

    Interesting show Gary, Chilean pinot’s. Don;t think I’ve had one, I usually look for carmenere’s when I buy Chilean wines. I’ll have to check that out, thanks. Still seems under the radar now in ’09, hopefully enough so that I can find it close to that bargain price still.
    But thanks for bringing to my attention I wouldn’t have thought to seek out before.
    Keeping in that tradition, would love to see a tasting on charbono, or vin jaune’s.

  • John J.

    Interesting show Gary, Chilean pinot’s. Don;t think I’ve had one, I usually look for carmenere’s when I buy Chilean wines. I’ll have to check that out, thanks. Still seems under the radar now in ’09, hopefully enough so that I can find it close to that bargain price still.
    But thanks for bringing to my attention I wouldn’t have thought to seek out before.
    Keeping in that tradition, would love to see a tasting on charbono, or vin jaune’s.

  • corkscrew

    Well it's 2009 and I have tried some of the Chilian Pinots that you have recommended and did not enjoy them as much as you did, not much thunder. I have had many very good Cali Pinots under $20, MacMurray, Thumbprint, LaFond, Erath. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    Had a Pinot blind tasing with friends a couple weeks ago, a new Zealand, a Spanish, a 2005 cote de Beaune 1er cru, an Oregon and a chilean and the only one that was unanimously voted out was the chilean. I guess I have to try more of them to find a good one.
    Little question if anyone is reading, the was bigtime deception on my part from the 2005 burgundy which was an exceptionnal vintage, we put it up to the idea that the wine was not ready to be drunk, but were we just giving too much credit to that burgundy?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Gary V but the thunder is not there for me as far as Chilean Pinot Noir! Ive had about 6 or 7 different ones and at best have been serviceable but NEVER amazing. I just cant find many Chilean wines that deliver thunder for me they are mostly a total miss!

  • http://twitter.com/cellarguy Jeremy Cox

    Haven’t tried a pinot from Chile yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=898480550 Samantha ‘Twyst’ Vraa

    I haven’t tried wine from Chile yet. COME TO VT!!!

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