Chile, which is known for its robust red wines, might not be the first country you’d associate with light- to medium-bodied pinot noir. But Chile is blessed with many different microclimates, including some that provide excellent growing conditions for finicky pinot noir grapes. And like many of Chile’s other affordable reds, its pinot noir can offer very good quality for relatively little money. The following wines from the cool climate regions of the Casablanca and Bío Bío Valleys are fine examples.

Vistamar 2015 Sepia Reserva Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley

Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in August for $9.99

Description • Usually I shy away from pinot noir in the under-$10 range, but this one is a real winner. It comes from Casablanca Valley, which is best known for its crisp chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Very true to the pinot noir varietal, this wine is light-bodied but very flavorful with a mouthwatering acidity. This is an earthy and elegant red that tastes of raspberries and cherries. It would go well with grilled salmon and tuna.

Porta 2016 Reserva Pinot Noir, Bío Bío Valley

Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in August for $9.99

Description • This is another surprisingly good value-priced pinot noir. It comes from the Bío Bío Valley, in one of Chile’s most southern wine-producing regions best known for its aromatic whites. The Porta pinot noir, which was aged in oak for eight to 10 months, is medium-bodied and more complex than the Vistamar. Fresh and fruity, it tastes of plums and black cherries with some spice. It would go well with chicken and other white meat.

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