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Veramonte Ritual Pinot Noir 2009

by Nannette Eaton on January 19, 2012

“Ritual is necessary for us to know anything.” — Ken Kesey

“Ritual will always mean throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton

Two things. Gilbert, I’m in with destroying the corn, but let’s save the wine for drinking, okay? And Ken, I’ve had the Ritual but I still don’t know anything. Do you think having more Ritual would help?

Well maybe I do know something. I know that the Veramonte Ritual Pinot Noir is habit everyone

 should take up. A pinot noir grown in Chile’s Casablanca Valley with a price-tag of a Jackson, it defies the “no good pinot noir under $20” rule, and qualifies as a best buy. It pours translucent ruby with an alluring nose of beguiling fruit with flavors of cherry, black raspberries and blueberries with soft tannins. The perfect pairing is Roast Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Salsa. The music match is “Bad Habit” by Joss Stone from the album Introducing… Take it from the Wine Harlots, this is no bad habit, but a ritual you should experience. We say stock up, we have a feeling it might become your daily ritual.

The details: 14% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Casablanca Valley. Varietal: pinot noir. Suggested retail: $20 USD. This was provided as a media sample from Wines of Chile.