2013 Montsecano Pinot Noir, Refugio, $30.00

This biodynamic Pinot Noir comes from the mastermind of Alsatian wine lord, Andre Ostertag, but he's making it in the Casablanca valley of Chile. The vineyards are horse-plowed, and the wine is fermented in cement egg-shaped vats. Without a hint of oak, you're left with the purity and complexity of the fruit. The nose is bursting with cherries and a hint of rose petals and wet stone. It has a soft mouthfeel that quickly gives way to an acidic backbone, making this a fantastic food wine. As a cool-climate Pinot, Refugio is dryer than its sweeter Californian contemporaries. This wine has got everything: fruit, structure, acidity, and balance--it's just plain pretty. Only 1,000 cases in existence make this vintage a rare treat. Treat yo' self.