Jelu Estate Pinot Noir
While Malbec may be the most popular wine being made in Argentina, Pinot Noir is certainly some of the highest quality. Though much of the country is arid and warm, high altitude vineyards (like those in Patagonia) are where cool-climate grapes like Pinot thrive. The warm days and cool nights allow Pinot Noir to ripen fully, but preserve the acidity and brightness that it’s known for. These Pinot Noir grapes in particular are picked early, in January (the southern hemisphere’s July) with a focus on preserving the acidity and preventing the wines from becoming flabby, boring messes. This wine is an extremely nice find, with all grapes grown either organically or biodynamically, and aged for almost a full year in large oak barrels. Mushrooms or light proteins for this one!