Barry’s Pick: 2016 Montsecano Refugio Pinot Noir, $22.00

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, the year that may very well be the best wine year of your life! My first recommendation to make this a reality is this wonderful Pinot Noir from Chile’s Casablanca Valley. Montsecano is a collaboration between Julio Donoso and the famous André Ostertag of Alsace, France. The wine is one of only two bottlings they do from two horse-plowed vineyards on their biodynamically farmed estate. It is fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete egg fermenters, and from the urging of André’s son Arthur, 20 percent is whole cluster. All this produces a wine with a beautiful ruby red color and a perfumed nose of cherry, violets and raspberry. On the palate, these pure fruit flavors join a lively mouth feel with well-balanced acidity. This is probably the best vintage of this particular wine to date. It is so pretty and delicious that you can even drink it without food if you want. Cheers!